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put-down

[poo t-doun] /ˈpʊtˌdaʊn/
noun
1.
a landing of an aircraft.
2.
Informal.
  1. a disparaging, belittling, or snubbing remark.
  2. a remark or act intended to humiliate or embarrass someone.
Also, putdown.
Origin
1960-1965
1960-65; noun use of verb phrase put down
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  • Not helpful, to me, is the sarcasm and put-down language.
British Dictionary definitions for put-down

put down

verb (transitive, adverb)
1.
to make a written record of
2.
to repress: to put down a rebellion
3.
to consider; account: they put him down for an ignoramus
4.
to attribute: I put the mistake down to his inexperience
5.
to put to death, because of old age or illness: the vet put the cat down
6.
to table on the agenda: the MPs put down a motion on the increase in crime
7.
to put (a baby) to bed
8.
to dismiss, reject, or humiliate
noun
9.
a cruelly crushing remark
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Word Origin and History for put-down
n.

"insult, snub," 1962, from verbal phrase put down "to snub," attested from c.1400; see put (v.) + down (adv.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for put-down

put-down

noun

Something disparaging, humiliating, or deflating; a reducing insult; knock: since it is such a neat put-down of the arrogant administrator (late 1950s+)


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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