Definitions

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  • used to indicate decrease.
  • used to indicate lower position or direction, literally or figuratively.
  • used to indicate de-emphasis.

Etymologies

From Middle English, from Old English dūne- ("down-"), from dūne ("down, downward"). More at down. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The American people do want this budget brought down-

    Is $61 Billion Enough?

  • Boston's "Style down- syndrome" a neat trick we take pride in given that close to 50% of the City is comprised of people who have moved to Boston in the last 10 years or less.

    Greg Selkoe: Hey GQ I Guess Stereotypes Die Hard, Wicked Hard

  • Every now and then we see someone cruising down- or upriver on a boat.

    Learning to Die in Miami

  • But only is a relative concept when at any moment a capricious up-, down-, or cross-draft might have dashed the dangling deputy against the side of the cliff or sent the helicopter spiraling into the ravine.

    THE BOYS FROM SANTA CRUZ

  • She slipped the cell back in her pocket and stepped off the sidewalk, leaving the throngs of down- and wool-bundled workers on Grant Street to begin her descent.

    Aching for Always

  • Although both dry cleaning and laundering will to some extent remove oils, most manufacturers today seem to regard laundering as the cleaning method of choice for down- and feather-filled clothes and furnishings.

    HOME COMFORTS

  • However, the idea that soaps necessarily are milder than detergents is mistaken, and until someone informs me of any other reason for choosing soap for laundering down- and feather-filled objects, I will continue to use a mild detergent.

    HOME COMFORTS

  • Whatever you do, it is important to get down- and feather-filled articles completely dry.

    HOME COMFORTS

  • Instructions for laundering down- and feather-filled articles today are much more cautious than they were fifteen or twenty years ago.

    HOME COMFORTS

  • Plump up down- or feather-filled pillows by punching them back to front and end to end.

    HOME COMFORTS

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