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run down

Verb: run down Meaning: Hit a pedestrian with a vehicle The minicab RAN him DOWN on the zebra crossing. Meaning: Lose energy or power You should only recharge the battery when it has fully RUN DOWN. Meaning: Criticise, disparage They’re always RUNNING me DOWN...

rub down

Verb: rub down Meaning: Dry or clean something with a cloth She RUBBED the horse DOWN with a towel after riding it. Meaning: Massage or rub someone to help them relax The trainer RUBBED her DOWN after the...

pull down

Verb: pull down Meaning: Demolish They PULLED the old cinema DOWN to build a new shopping mall. Meaning: Make someone depressed Losing her job PULLED her DOWN. Meaning: Earn He’s PULLING DOWN a...

put down

Verb: put down Meaning: Kill an animal because it’s old, ill, etc. He had his dog PUT DOWN because it was in a lot of pain from its tumours. Meaning: Stop holding (but withdraw support gently) PUT the gun DOWN slowly and keep your hands where I can see...

put down for

Verb: put down for Meaning: Commit to make a payment PUT me DOWN FOR 50p per mile.