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put-down

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1 an act or expression showing scorn and usually intended to hurt another's feelings
  • new hires always have to deal with put-downs and practical jokes from the older employees

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2 the act of making a person or a thing seem little or unimportant
  • your never-ending put-down of my musical talents is really starting to annoy me

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put down

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of put down (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to express scornfully one's low opinion of
  • he has the annoying habit of putting down others under the guise of offering constructive criticism

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2 to make a written note of
  • we had the whole agreement put down on paper

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3 to put (someone or something) on a list
  • put her down as one of the chaperones for the field trip

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4 to put a stop to (something) by the use of force
  • a tyrant who ruthlessly put down uprisings

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5 to explain (something) as being the result of something else
  • a fender bender that probably can be put down to the young driver's inexperience

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6 to take in as food
  • the husky youngster seemed to put down her own weight in food at one sitting

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“Put-down.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/put-down. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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