from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To soften in tempering; as, to let down tools, cutlery, and the like.
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Scander began to let down the sail as Nicolo eased the skiff still nearer.
A number of the party approached some centinels who were asleep on their post; them they seized; while Alleyn, with a few others, flew to open the nearest gate, and to let down the draw-bridge.
Ay, ay! My wife – she's a little harder on folks than I be – I think it ain't worth while to say nothin 'of a man without I can say some good of him – that's my idee; and it don't do no harm, nother; but my wife, she says he's got to let down his notions a peg or two afore they'll hitch just in the right place; and I won't say but what I think she ain't, maybe, fur from right.
I wasn't about to let down my guard when it came to an unknown Supe, but he looked so worried that I couldn't help but feel sorry for him.