descend/sink/stoop to someone's level

Definition of descend/sink/stoop to someone's level

  1. :  to behave as badly as someone who has treated one wrongly Despite my opponent's personal attacks against me, I refuse to stoop to his level.

Word by Word Definitions

descendplay
  1. :  to pass from a higher place or level to a lower one

    :  to pass in discussion from what is logically prior or more comprehensive

    :  to originate or come from an ancestral stock or source :  derive

sinkplay
  1. :  to go to the bottom :  submerge

    :  to become partly buried (as in mud)

    :  to become engulfed

  1. :  a pool or pit for the deposit of waste or sewage :  cesspool

    :  a ditch or tunnel for carrying off sewage :  sewer

    :  a stationary basin connected with a drain and usually a water supply for washing and drainage

stoopplay
  1. :  to bend the body or a part of the body forward and downward sometimes simultaneously bending the knees

    :  to stand or walk with a forward inclination of the head, body, or shoulders

    :  yield, submit

  1. :  an act of bending the body forward

    :  a temporary or habitual forward bend of the back and shoulders

    :  the descent of a bird especially on its prey

  1. :  a porch, platform, entrance stairway, or small veranda at a house door

someoneplay
  1. :  some person :  somebody

levelplay
  1. :  a device for establishing a horizontal line or plane by means of a bubble in a liquid that shows adjustment to the horizontal by movement to the center of a slightly bowed glass tube

    :  a measurement of the difference of altitude of two points by means of a level

    :  horizontal condition

  1. :  to make (a line or surface) horizontal :  make flat or level

    :  to bring to a horizontal aiming position

    :  aim, direct

  1. :  having no part higher than another :  conforming to the curvature of the liquid parts of the earth's surface

    :  parallel with the plane of the horizon :  horizontal

    :  even or unvarying in height


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