an unexpected or humiliating descent from dignity, importance, or wealth.
a decline in position, status, or prosperity
(informal) a disappointment
(slang) a depressed or unexcited state
verb (intransitive, adverb)
to come to a place regarded as lower
to lose status, wealth, etc (esp in the phrase to come down in the world)
to reach a decision: the report came down in favour of a pay increase
(often foll by to) to be handed down or acquired by tradition or inheritance
(Brit) to leave college or university
(foll by with) to succumb (to illness or disease)
(foll by on) to rebuke or criticize harshly
(foll by to) to amount in essence (to): it comes down to two choices
(slang) to lose the effects of a drug and return to a normal or more normal state
(Austral, informal) (of a river) to flow in flood
- Come down hard on someone
verb phrase To criticize or punish severely: came down hard on him for getting home at 3 a.m.
- Come down on someone
verb phrase To criticize severely; savage: If I did that, the press would come down on me very hard (1881+)
[pahyk] /paɪk/ noun 1. a toll road or highway; road. 2. a or tollgate. 3. the toll paid at a tollgate. Idioms 4. come down the pike, Informal. to appear or come forth: the greatest idea that ever came down the pike. /paɪk/ noun (pl) pike, pikes 1. any of several large predatory freshwater teleost […]
- Come down to
Also, come right down to. Amount to or be reduced to, as in It all comes down to a matter of who was first in line, or When it comes right down to it, you have to admit he was mistaken. [ Late 1800s ] Also see: boil down, def. 2.