Definitions

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  • v. to allow to descend
  • v. to disappoint; to betray or fail somebody

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. move something or somebody to a lower position
  • v. fail to meet the hopes or expectations of

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Examples

  • The master of Creative Confusion, of course, was the television character Columbo, who intentionally bumbled around until his suspect became so exasperated that he would let down his guard for the truly important question—the one pertaining to evidence of his guilt.

    Life Is a Series of Presentations

  • I let down the window and looked out; Millcote was behind us; judging by the number of its lights, it seemed a place of considerable magnitude, much larger than Lowton.

    Jane Eyre: an autobiography, Vol. I.

  • The personage on the well-brink now seemed to accost her; to make some request: -- "She hasted, let down her pitcher on her hand, and gave him to drink."

    Jane Eyre: an autobiography, Vol. I.

  • Delectable morsels of fresh fish are tendered abundantly until the sucker abandons his usual caution, and then when he is feeding freely a hook temptingly baited is let down casually among the other dainties, and if the fish has been liberally and yet not over fed, it will probably accept the line, and after protesting and holding back to the best of its ability, find itself flapping in the bark canoe.

    The Confessions of a Beachcomber

  • Sir William Allardyce, the governor of the Falklands, later told Luce that “Cradock thought his chances were small and that he had been let down by the Admiralty especially when his request for Defence had been denied.”

    Castles of Steel

  • But if the earth revolves, it is perhaps possible that in consequence of the unequal rotation (in point of speed) of the earth and waters of the sea, the waters are violently driven upwards into a heap, which is the flood, and (when they can bear no more piling) released and let down again, which is the ebb.

    The New Organon

  • Then, somehow, I got my semihard penis in there, and I think my penis was so relieved to have made it inside that it let down its guard, spazzed out, and prematurely ejaculated.

    The Double Life is Twice as Good

  • The sinking of bodies in water has likewise the same effect, as I remember to have heard of bottles of wine being let down into a deep well to cool, but through accident or neglect being left there for many years, and then taken out; and that the wine not only was free from sourness or flatness, but tasted much finer, owing, it would seem, to a more exquisite commixture of its parts.

    The New Organon

  • Emotionally let down but not despairing, I examine the system, adjust the Prusiks, and consider whether I should shorten the anchor webbing again.

    127 Hours

  • By noon we were let down into the Merrimack through the locks at Middlesex, just above Pawtucket Falls, by a serene and liberal-minded man, who came quietly from his book, though his duties, we supposed, did not require him to open the locks on Sundays.

    A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

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