take down

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take down

  1. Bring from a higher position to a lower one, as in After the sale they took down all the signs. [c. 1300]

  2. Take apart, dismantle, as in They took down the scaffolding. [Mid-1500s]

  3. Humble or humiliate; see take down a notch.

  4. Record in writing, as in Please take down all these price quotations. [Early 1700s]

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