Nearly two years have passed since Tony Blair was forced out of Downing Street by a Labour Party revolt.
Yeah,” he says finally, squelching his giggles by Downing half a bottle of Bud, “that sounds like Ray.
Several leaders of the rebellion are out, possibly because of the Downing of MH17.
The Queen Bee of Tuscany by Ben Downing The charming story of the hostess who charmed Tuscany.
Downing Street announced today that more than 700 armed forces personnel will take part in the final farewell to Thatcher.
Grey, arguing that this would renew war with the Maori, returned the constitution to Downing Street.
I hope we're to hear that the Cabinet wants you in Downing Street.'
Not till the nineteenth century was the list added to by the appearance of Downing.
What will you say, sir, to the very last despatch I have received from Downing Street?
Downing College is in the southern part of the town, to the east of Trumpington Street.
late Old English shortened form of Old English ofdune "downwards," from dune "from the hill," dative of dun "hill" (see down (n.2)). A sense development peculiar to English.
Used as a preposition since c.1500. Sense of "depressed mentally" is attested from c.1600. Slang sense of "aware, wide awake" is attested from 1812. Computer crash sense is from 1965. As a preposition from late 14c.; as an adjective from 1560s. Down-and-out is from 1889, American English, from situation of a beaten prizefighter. Down home (adj.) is 1931, American English; down the hatch as a toast is from 1931; down to the wire is 1901, from horse-racing. Down time is from 1952. Down under "Australia and New Zealand" attested from 1886; Down East "Maine" is from 1825.
"soft feathers," late 14c., from Old Norse dunn, perhaps ultimately from PIE root *dheu- (1) "to fly about (like dust), to rise in a cloud."
Old English dun "down, moor; height, hill, mountain," from Proto-Germanic *dunaz- (cf. Middle Dutch dunen "sandy hill," Dutch duin, "probably a pre-insular loan-word from Celtic" [Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names], in other words, borrowed at a very early period, before the Anglo-Saxon migration.
The non-English Germanic words tend to mean "dune, sand bank" (cf. dune), while the Celtic cognates tend to mean "hill, citadel" (cf. Old Irish dun "hill, hill fort;" Welsh din "fortress, hill fort;" and second element in place names London, Verdun, etc.).
From PIE root *dheue- "to close, finish, come full circle." Meaning "elevated rolling grassland" is from c.1300. German Düne, French dune, Italian, Spanish duna are said to be loan-words from Dutch.
1560s, from down (adv.). Related: Downed; downing.
downer (1960s+ Narcotics)
[cool and teenager senses perhaps fr jazz musicians' terms like low down and down and dirty used to praise gutbucket and other jazz when especially well played]