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down on

Hostile or negative toward, ill-disposed to. For example, All the reviewers were down on this play, or Ever since he was injured, he's been down on skiing. [Mid-1800s] Also see down on one's luck.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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