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down under

Australia or New Zealand.
in, to, or into Australia or New Zealand.
Origin of down under
1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for down under
  • Without me they shall bow down under the prisoners, and they shall fall under the slain.
  • When the cholera threatened there was the old disposition to lie down under the visitation and pray.
  • Even the prosperous cannot easily bear its burden, but is weighed down under it when he has fallen into delusion.
  • They rise to eminence by the same methods, and eventually go down under the rush of stronger enemies.
  • But his faith broke down under the apparent absence of all help when he got into the irregular verbs.
  • However, this system has broken down under poverty and disease.
  • Non-Australians sadly miss the nuances of the language as she is spoke down under.
  • We sit down under the baobab tree in the centre of the encampment.
  • All three come down under the basket, and their momentum carries them out-of-bounds.
  • The screeners are taught to iterate a few levels deep into your story and see that it doesn't break down under scrutiny.
British Dictionary definitions for down under

down under

Australia or New Zealand
in or to Australia or New Zealand
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for down under

Down Under

adverb phrase

In Australia and/or New Zealand; in the Antipodes

noun phrase

: They're from Down Under (1890s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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