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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The laps clicked down under caution with Sadler and Blaney leading the field of 28 cars, down 12 from the 40 that started. Steven Cole Smith, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Kyle Larson takes Firecracker 250 after wild finish," 7 July 2018 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the royal couple now known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, are heading down under this fall. Melissa Locker, Time, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Will Follow Princess Diana's Tradition With Their Next Big Move," 11 June 2018 Summer is ending in the Northern Hemisphere, but this video might just convince you to head south and slide it up down under. Sophie Weiner, Popular Mechanics, "This Enormous Slip 'n' Slide Is The Size Of A Football Field," 11 Sep. 2016 Up three with less than a minute to play, Durant milked the shot clock down under five. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "Kevin Durant's Déjà Vu Dagger Caps the Best Game of His Life," 7 June 2018 Scenery: Edward’s journey involves a long and winding road, covering a lot of land while also taking us up to the stars and down under the sea. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "In First Stage's 'Edward Tulane,' a rabbit learns how to love," 14 Jan. 2018 The experience consisted of students going through a series of exercises, starting with a briefing, before participating in a virtual high-speed water extraction of a Navy SEAL team pinned down under enemy fire. Houston Chronicle, "Houston native discusses the Nimitz," 8 May 2018 McCormack has scored 14 times in 17 league appearances since moving down under, having previously enjoyed successful goalscoring spells with a host of Championship sides. SI.com, "Aston Villa Striker in Line for Huge Monetary Bonus Despite Not Featuring Once This Season," 1 May 2018 And according to the beer experts down under, 5.1 percent ABV Vostok has a full-bodied, smooth finish, balancing bitterness. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "Beer in space? Cutting-edge project developing unique zero gravity brew," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of down under

Adverb or adjective

1886, in the meaning defined above

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