from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Slang A dismissal or rejection, especially in the form of a critical or slighting remark: "Such answers were, perhaps still are, a . . . form of put-down to the questions of white people” ( Lillian Hellman).

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  • n. Alternative spelling of put-down.


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  • On page 23, when Charles Bovary is seeking Emma Rouault's hand, Emma's father thinks of him as "a bit of a loser," where Russell has "rather a wisp of a man" — which, as well as being less of a jazzy putdown from the late twentieth century, happens to be more accurate: a gringalet, according to my French-English dictionary, is a "little undersized fellow."

    No Way, Madame Bovary

  • The Hebrew word behama, meaning water oxen, is a slang putdown meaning dolt.

    'Compassion' On Campus

  • The putdown is a familiar one for the Kennedy family.

    The American Spectator

  • The problem is that McCain is known as a maverick and has come out strongly against Bush so the third Bush term putdown has not stuck.

    Ries' Pieces

  • The effect on society and on this democracy of this angry, polarizing, bitter kind of putdown conversation is dangerous.

    CNN Transcript May 24, 2009

  • cc: That dualism is a part of the "putdown" of gnostics historically and is to some extent a misunderstanding of Gnosis.

    Shout-Out To My Gnostic Posse

  • Is that some sort of racist putdown of people you refer gratuitously to as "gringos"?

    How to Pass for a Gringo

  • A later crack about the stench of "homeless Internet users" at public libraries is another graceless putdown.

    Lost in a Good Atlas

  • David Cameron this week refered to Benny Hill for his latest putdown at PMQs.

    David Cameron quotes Benny Hill song, but it's not the PM's greatest hit

  • Gayle's response is unrecorded but it must involve the same sentiments as his famous putdown of Andrew Strauss in 2009: "Tell him don't sleep with Chris on his mind, tell him get Chris off his mind."

    The Nursery End | Rob Bagchi


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