get down

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get down

  1. Descend; bring down; also, swallow. For example, He's getting down from the ladder, or Can you get the cat down from the tree? or I can't seem to get this pill down. [Late 1500s]

  2. get down to. Give one's attention to, as in Let's get down to work, or It's time we got down to business. [Late 1800s] For the most important variants, see under get down to brass tacks.

  3. get down on. See down on.

  4. get someone down. Discourage or depress someone. For example, Don't let Mary's troubles get you down, or Day after day of rain really gets me down. [c. 1930]

  5. Describe in writing, as in Can you get down all he's saying?

  6. Lose one's inhibitions, enjoy oneself fully. For example, At our reunion we got down with all our old friends. [Slang]]

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