The improbable and blood-stained scoundrel Joseph Fouché brought down Robespierre and the Reign of Terror in 1794.
The Berlin Wall, toppled 20 years ago today, was brought down by Ronald Reagan's hawkish stand, right?
Certainly the problems that brought down Ben Ali can be found elsewhere in the Arab world.
Barbra brought down the house with her son this week in Brooklyn, her hometown.
It is brought down too a caricature, forgetting her eccentricity, her innovative fabrics, even a certain sense of purity.
They knew about the possibilities of the small gadgets, brought down in production to the size of a pack of cigarettes.
On November 13th, 1895, I was brought down here from London.
But Melanthius, the goatherd, crept up to the armory and brought down therefrom twelve helmets and shields, and spears as many.
The detective, with great vehemence, brought down his fist on the table.
Meantime Mr Sedgwick again loaded, and a second bird was brought down.
Old English bringan "to bring, bring forth, produce, present, offer" (past tense brohte, past participle broht), from Proto-Germanic *brenganan (cf. Old Frisian brenga, Middle Dutch brenghen, Old High German bringan, Gothic briggan); no exact cognates outside Germanic, but it appears to be from PIE root *bhrengk-, compound based on root *bher- (1) "to carry" (cf. Latin ferre; see infer).
The tendency to conjugate this as a strong verb on the model of sing, drink, etc., is ancient: Old English also had a rare strong past participle form, brungen, corresponding to modern colloquial brung. To bring down the house figuratively (1754) is to elicit applause so thunderous it collapses the roof.