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Be depressed, in low spirits, as in
During the winter months Sue's always down, but spring cheers her up
Be knowledgeable, canny, or sophisticated, as in
He was really down with the new group
. This usage probably originated among jazz musicians.
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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