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down under

or Down Under

noun
1.
Australia or New Zealand.
adverb
2.
in, to, or into Australia or New Zealand.
Origin of down under
1895-1900
1895-1900
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  • By three o'clock Gretta's fresh starched pink sunbonnet appeared down the road, bobbing up and down under the trees.

    Six Girls and Bob Marion Ames Taggart
  • Unexpectedly the other sounds came again, down under the table.

    The Blind Spot Austin Hall
  • And being weary, she sat her down under a chestnut-tree to rest.

    Tell Me Another Story Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
  • We were walking in the moonlight up and down under the trees by the house.

    My Wife and I Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • But I could not imagine myself knocking Mrs. Muldoon down under any circumstances.

    The Believing Years Edmund Lester Pearson
British Dictionary definitions for down under

down under

noun
1.
Australia or New Zealand
adverb
2.
in or to Australia or New Zealand
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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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