mow down

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of mow down

informal
:to kill or knock down (a person or many people) in a sudden and violent way
  • The soldiers were mowed down by machine guns.
  • The car mowed down four pedestrians.

Word by Word Definitions

mow play
  1. : a piled-up stack (as of hay or fodder)

  2. : the part of a barn where hay or straw is stored

  1. : to cut down with a scythe or sickle or machine

  2. : to cut the standing herbage (such as grass) of

  3. : to kill or destroy in great numbers or mercilessly

  1. : grimace

  1. : to make grimaces

down play
  1. : toward or in a lower physical position

  2. : to a lying or sitting position

  3. : toward or to the ground, floor, or bottom

  1. : down (see 1down) along, around, through, toward, in, into, or on

  1. : to cause to go or come down (see 1down) : such as

  2. : to cause to fall by or as if by shooting : bring down

  3. : consume

  1. : occupying a low position

  2. : directed or going downward

  3. : lower in price

  1. : descent, depression

  2. : an instance of putting down someone (such as an opponent in wrestling)

  3. : a complete play to advance the ball

  1. : an undulating usually treeless upland with sparse soil

  2. : a sheep of any breed originating in the downs of southern England

  1. : a covering of soft fluffy feathers

  2. : something soft and fluffy like down

  1. : down syndrome


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