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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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Word Origin and History for putdown

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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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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