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

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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 Like Barney, the Wiggles are still a thing, and, although most of their names have changed (see: Shirley Shawn the Unicorn), the eternally smiling and singing goofballs are, amazingly, most kids’ first connection to down under. Lauren Mccutcheon, https://www.inquirer.com, "Family fun in Philadelphia: Dinosaurs on the Parkway, zipline at the zoo, JoJo Siwa, Apollo 11 festivities, Cirque," 5 June 2019 The adrenaline rush continues down under with helicopter rides to the sacred rock formation Uluru (aka Ayers Rock) and along wild stretches of New Zealand's coastline, surf lessons in Sydney, and a semi-submersible trip to the Great Barrier Reef. Priscilla Eakeley, Town & Country, "The Town & Country Grand Tour," 5 Oct. 2016 In just under a fortnight, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will embark on their first official overseas trip as a royal couple, heading down under to visit Australia, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga and New Zealand in a whirlwind, 16-day-long trip. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle May Wear a Tiara for the First Time Since the Royal Wedding During Her Tour with Prince Harry," 5 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of down under

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1886, in the meaning defined above

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