To live down
Live Live (l[i^]v), v. t. 1. To spend, as one's life; to pass; to maintain; to continue in, constantly or habitually; as, to live an idle or a useful life. [1913 Webster]

2. To act habitually in conformity with; to practice. [1913 Webster]

To live the Gospel. --Foxe. [1913 Webster]

{To live down}, to live so as to subdue or refute; as, to live down slander. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • To go down — Go Go, v. i. [imp. {Went} (w[e^]nt); p. p. {Gone} (g[o^]n; 115); p. pr. & vb. n. {Going}. Went comes from the AS, wendan. See {Wend}, v. i.] [OE. gan, gon, AS. g[=a]n, akin to D. gaan, G. gehn, gehen, OHG. g[=e]n, g[=a]n, SW. g[*a], Dan. gaae; cf …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To put down — Put Put, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Put}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Putting}.] [AS. potian to thrust: cf. Dan. putte to put, to put into, Fries. putje; perh. akin to W. pwtio to butt, poke, thrust; cf. also Gael. put to push, thrust, and E. potter, v. i.] 1. To …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To come down — Come Come, v. i. [imp. {Came}; p. p. {Come}; p. pr & vb. n. {Coming}.] [OE. cumen, comen, AS. cuman; akin to OS.kuman, D. komen, OHG. queman, G. kommen, Icel. koma, Sw. komma, Dan. komme, Goth. giman, L. venire (gvenire), Gr. ? to go, Skr. gam.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To drink down — Drink Drink, v. t. 1. To swallow (a liquid); to receive, as a fluid, into the stomach; to imbibe; as, to drink milk or water. [1913 Webster] There lies she with the blessed gods in bliss, There drinks the nectar with ambrosia mixed. Spenser.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • live down something — live down (something) to do well so that others forget something bad you said or did. Ken is still trying to live down his comment that most of what s on the Web now is crap. After the way she behaved at the office party, I don t think she ll… …   New idioms dictionary

  • live down — (something) to do well so that others forget something bad you said or did. Ken is still trying to live down his comment that most of what s on the Web now is crap. After the way she behaved at the office party, I don t think she ll ever be able… …   New idioms dictionary

  • live down — verb live so as to annul some previous behavior You can never live this down! • Syn: ↑unlive • Hypernyms: ↑live • Verb Frames: Somebody s something * * * transitive verb …   Useful english dictionary

  • live down — PHRASAL VERB If you are unable to live down a mistake, failure, or bad reputation, you are unable to make people forget about it. [V P n (not pron)] Labour was also unable to live down its reputation as the party of high taxes... [V n P] I… …   English dictionary

  • live down — verb To get used to something shameful. He has never been able to live down his electoral defeat …   Wiktionary

  • live down — remove blame or distrust by good conduct, cause to be forgiven by not repeating something He is trying to live down his reputation of being a hard person to work for …   Idioms and examples

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