come down
intransitive verb Date: 14th century 1. to lose or fall in estate or condition <
has come down in the world
>
2. a. to pass by tradition <
a story that has come down from medieval times
>
b. to pass from a usually high source <
word came down that the strike was over
>
3. to place oneself in opposition <
came down hard on gambling
>
4. a. to deal with a subject directly <
when you come down to it, we all depend on others
>
b. to reduce itself ; amount <
it comes down to this
>
5. to become ill <
came down with measles
>
6. come out 2 7. go on, happen <
what's coming down
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • come down — {v.} 1. To reduce itself; amount to no more than. Followed by to . * /The quarrel finally came down to a question of which boy would do the dishes./ Syn.: BOIL DOWN(3). 2. To be handed down or passed along, descend from parent to child; pass from …   Dictionary of American idioms

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  • Come-down — auch: Come|down 〈[kʌmdaʊn] n.; Gen.: s, Pl.: s〉 Zeitraum, über den die Wirkung einer harten Droge nachlässt [Etym.: <engl. come down »herunterkommen, sich beruhigen«] …   Lexikalische Deutsches Wörterbuch

  • Come-down — [ kʌmdaun] das; s, s <zu engl. to come down, eigtl. »herunterkommen«> (Jargon) das Nachlassen der Rauschwirkung (bei Drogen) …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • come|down — «KUHM DOWN», noun. Informal. a loss of position, rank, or money which is unexpected: »“It s quite a comedown from being a ten thousand dollar a year man to this, but I ll come back” (James T. Farrell) …   Useful english dictionary

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  • come down — phrasal verb [intransitive] Word forms come down : present tense I/you/we/they come down he/she/it comes down present participle coming down past tense came down past participle come down 1) to move down to the ground or to a lower level He was… …   English dictionary

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