downer
noun Date: 1913 1. a weak, sick, or crippled animal in shipment that is down and cannot get up — often used attributively <
a downer cow
>
2. a depressant drug; especially barbiturate 3. someone or something depressing, disagreeable, or unsatisfactory

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