down under

adverb or adjective, often capitalized D&U

Definition of down under

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to or in Australia or New Zealand

Down Under

geographical name

Definition of Down Under (Entry 2 of 2)

Australia or New Zealand

Examples of down under in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb or adjective Typically, flu season down under spans from June to October and peaks in August or September. Samantha Lauriello, Health.com, "Australia Just Had One of Its Worst Flu Seasons to Date—and The US Could Be Next," 24 Sep. 2019 France cooked; Spain hunkered down under wildfires that burned thousands of acres. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "This Summer's Weird Weather Is the Death of Predictability," 8 July 2019 On Wednesday afternoon, the age-old rivalry between Manchester United and Leeds will be renewed down under. SI.com, "5 Classic Clashes Between Manchester United & Leeds Ahead of Wednesday's Pre-Season Friendly," 17 July 2019 Anyone else — namely, the homeless who bed down under the shade structures or in the wooded landscaping — is subject to arrest. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "Newport police to restrict overnight access to bus station where homeless congregate," 11 Sep. 2019 When police started screaming at the front door, Oyeneyin grabbed his gun, but put it down under orders from the officers. NBC News, "Video shows police drawing guns, handcuffing black man in his own home after false alarm," 27 Aug. 2019 Very few people know too much about the land down under, and the insanely long flight time often scratches it from most people’s immediate travel list. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "Black Travel Vibes: This Western Australia Adventure Was A Dream Come True," 15 Aug. 2019 Over the past few decades, the region has become a preeminent wine destination down under, luring vacationers year-round with elegant tasting rooms, plush accommodations, and distinct Pinot Noir and Chardonnay varieties. Shana Clarke, Fortune, "This Australian Paradise Combines Everything You Love About Sonoma and the Hamptons," 15 June 2019 The fire erupted in the basement as Khafra was digging tunnels lower down under Beckwitt’s home. Michael Kunzelman, Fortune, "Wealthy Stock Trader Convicted of Murder Won't Get New Trial," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of down under

Adverb or adjective

1886, in the meaning defined above

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13 Nov 2019

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The first known use of down under was in 1886

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