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Definition of down adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    down

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//daʊn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//daʊn//
     
    [not before noun] Unhappiness
     
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  1. 1(informal) sad or depressed I feel a bit down today. See related entries: Unhappiness
  2. 2(of a computer or computer system) not working The system was down all morning. see also downtime
  3. Word Originadjective Old English dūn, dūne, shortened from adūne ‘downward’, from the phrase of dūne ‘off the hill’.Extra examples I’ve been feeling rather down lately. She was feeling really down. You look a bit down. Is something the matter? Don’t let the weather get you down.Idioms (informal) to have no money because of a period of bad luck unhappy and depressed See related entries: Unhappiness
    hit somebody when they’re down
     
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    to continue to hurt somebody when they are already defeated
    kick somebody when they’re down
     
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    to continue to hurt somebody when they are already defeated, etc.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: down