do down


did down; done down; doing down; does down

transitive verb

: to get the better of (as by trickery)

Examples of do down in a Sentence

you'll do her down at cards, but she'll probably win at croquet
Recent Examples on the Web How many years do down pillows last? Erica Reagle, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 Apr. 2023 There’s a lot more proving to do down the stretch. Bryce Millercolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Feb. 2023 But those who know him say that Charles did down his advocacy as the throne neared. Richard Jerome, Peoplemag, 9 Sep. 2022 But Mo Donegal won the Wood Memorial from the rail, letting the field go to the front early, then finding a better gear than everyone else did down the stretch. Tim Reynolds, ajc, 7 May 2022 Neither caused any injuries but did down some trees and damage some homes, according to a preliminary report from the weather service. Leigh Morgan, al, 5 Feb. 2022 As housing prices soared, so did down payments. Etta Money, Forbes, 9 Dec. 2021 Senator Lindsey Graham has threatened that Republicans will walk out of the Capitol if necessary to prevent any action on reconciliation, just like the Democrats did down in Texas. ABC News, 25 July 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of do down was in the 14th century

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“Do down.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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