take down (someone)


take down (someone)
take down (someone) 1. to spoil or destroy someone's life.

Some journalists just want to find a celebrity's weak points and take him or her down.

She claims there was a government plot to take down outspoken community leaders.

2. to defeat a competitor.

Today in tennis, Martinez easily took down Kournikova to win the championship.


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  • take down something — take down (someone/something) to remove a person or group from a position of power. Stockholders are hoping to take down the company s management team. Bush decided it was up to American forces to take Saddam down …   New idioms dictionary

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  • take\ down\ a\ notch — • take down a notch • take down a peg v. phr. informal To make (someone) less proud or sure of himself. The team was feeling proud of its record, but last week the boys were taken down a peg by a bad defeat …   Словарь американских идиом

  • take\ down\ a\ peg — • take down a notch • take down a peg v. phr. informal To make (someone) less proud or sure of himself. The team was feeling proud of its record, but last week the boys were taken down a peg by a bad defeat …   Словарь американских идиом

  • take down — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms take down : present tense I/you/we/they take down he/she/it takes down present participle taking down past tense took down past participle taken down 1) to separate a large structure into pieces The platform… …   English dictionary

  • take down a notch — or[take down a peg] {v. phr.}, {informal} To make (someone) less proud or sure of himself. * /The team was feeling proud of its record, but last week the boys were taken down a peg by a bad defeat./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • take down a notch — or[take down a peg] {v. phr.}, {informal} To make (someone) less proud or sure of himself. * /The team was feeling proud of its record, but last week the boys were taken down a peg by a bad defeat./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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  • take down a peg —    If you take someone down a peg, you make that person realize that they are not as important as they think they are.     He was too proud. Somebody had to take him down a peg …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions