One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Descend in the caste system, e.g. by taking employment regarded as of lower status.
- ‘Indian soldiers were only too happy to go to war on behalf of the Empire, even though, for Hindus, crossing the dark ocean meant losing caste.’
- ‘It is a sign that they are all the same community and can live and eat together without losing caste.’
- 1.1 Come to be regarded with less respect; lose status.‘they lost caste by moving away from the old house’
- ‘If departments were bad, ministers could be sacked; if ministers disagreed with their colleagues, they could resign without losing caste.’
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