live down


lived down; living down; lives down

transitive verb

: to live so as to wipe out the memory or effects of
made a mistake and couldn't live it down

Examples of live down in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Joe Biden and Donald Trump lived down to expectations. Nr Editors, National Review, 28 June 2024 The responding cops were eventually able to cuff the struggling 44-year-old, who lives down the same block, police said. Thomas Tracy, New York Daily News, 14 June 2024 Like so many of the tastiest recipes, it was passed down from her mom, who got it from a friend who lived down the street from her. Christianna Silva, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 June 2024 But that was only one low note among many as the GOP majority lived down to our worst expectations. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 6 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for live down 

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Word History

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of live down was in 1842

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Cite this Entry

“Live down.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

live down

: to live so as to wipe out the memory of
live down a mistake
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