Be down



Be depressed, in low spirits, as in During the winter months Sue’s always down, but spring cheers her up. [ ; mid-1800s ]
Be knowledgeable, canny, or sophisticated, as in He was really down with the new group. This usage probably originated among jazz musicians. [ ; mid-1940s ]

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    to make limp and soiled, as with rain or dirt. Historical Examples Instead of cultivating your graces you bedraggle them with labor! For Gold or Soul? Lurana W. Sheldon verb (transitive) to make (hair, clothing, etc) limp, untidy, or dirty, as with rain or mud v. 1727, from be- + draggle, frequentative of drag.



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    limp and soiled, as with rain or dirt. to make limp and soiled, as with rain or dirt. Contemporary Examples At the end on the beach, the film shows the bedraggled crew, exhausted and relieved. In ‘The Project,’ the Stormy Battle to Take On Somali Pirates Eli Lake April 21, 2013 The Brazilian defense, touted […]

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