Definition of come down on in English:

come down on

phrasal verb

  • Criticize or punish (someone) harshly.

    ‘she came down on me like a ton of bricks’
    • ‘Consequently, the reaction - coming down on her like a ton of bricks - should be seen to express how society at large views racism.’
    • ‘One kind of crime the former drugs squad officer is determined to come down on heavily, he warned, is the pushing of illegal drugs.’
    • ‘I did come down pretty hard on her illegal drug use, so I can evaluate her response to that in order to gauge the rest.’
    • ‘It'd be good to see referees coming down on this like a ton of bricks.’
    • ‘It seems I have upset one of the more remote of my readers when I came down a wee bit heavily on divers using hard drugs.’
    • ‘And the taxation system favours big business while coming down on the small businessman.’
    • ‘It was not a case of us coming down on them because they weren't performing or any other issues.’
    • ‘I have never done ANYTHING wrong to these people, and yet they are coming down on me without reason.’
    • ‘The first time I heard of you guys, it was in an article about the police coming down on one of your shows.’
    • ‘It is hard to keep coming down on them in a town where there is nothing for them to do.’
    reprimand, rebuke, reproach, scold, admonish, reprove, remonstrate with, chastise, chide, upbraid, berate, take to task, pull up, castigate, lambaste, read someone the riot act, give someone a piece of one's mind, haul over the coals, criticize, censure
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