Definition of mow someone down in English:

mow someone down

phrasal verb

  • 1Kill someone with a fusillade of bullets or other missiles.

    ‘he was mown down in a hail of machine-gun bullets’
    • ‘On Friday, 20 guerrillas captured 8 policemen at a checkpoint near the city, took them to their offices, and mowed them down with gunfire.’
    • ‘With incredible skill, she took aim again and again, firing at the attackers, mowing them down like a harbinger of death.’
    • ‘Convicted felons could be encouraged to run across a distance of, say, a hundred metres, while the marksmen took turns to mow them down.’
    • ‘The peacekeepers rushed out of the shuttle onto the planet, weapons drawn and ready to mow down any hostiles.’
    • ‘Then he ‘bared himself to the enemy’ an advancing German combat group-and mowed them down with enfilade fire.’
    • ‘They can't shoot at you so mowing them down is even easier.’
    • ‘There may have been a few more assassins along the way, but Chris was confident he could mow them down with ease.’
    • ‘Multiple natives are mowed down by automatic gunfire.’
    • ‘It's about one of the prisoners who did escape as they were marched out there, blindfolded and put before mass graves, and they mowed them down and they buried them.’
    • ‘Howling voices broke into the silence, and the Orcs swept across the land like a tornado, ready to mow down anything and everything that might stand in their way.’
    • ‘You can't just start mowing down civilians to stop a mob.’
    • ‘It is not surprising that they were mown down by machine-gun fire.’
    • ‘An army megaphone promises fair treatment for peaceful surrender; when the three comply, gunfire mows them down.’
    • ‘The women turned to face the pit and the appellant mowed them down with the machine gun.’
    • ‘If I had to spend our time constantly comforting them, they would mow us down with machine guns before you could say Big Bertha.’
    • ‘But as the paratroopers entered the main gateway to the Temple they were mown down.’
    • ‘I screamed, firing back, emptying my weapon into the fleeing figures: mowing several down like scythed wheat.’
    kill, gun down, shoot down, cut down, cut to pieces, butcher, slaughter, massacre, decimate, annihilate, exterminate, liquidate, wipe out, destroy
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    1. 1.1 Recklessly knock down someone with a car or other vehicle.
      ‘a father-of-four was mown down and killed as he cycled home from work’
      • ‘Example: you've just jumped out of the way of a speeding car, seconds before it might have mowed you down.’
      • ‘Last August, Fletcher landed in intensive care after a car mowed him down while he was crossing a street in Carmel Valley, California.’
      • ‘If you're still on Birdcage Walk at 8am tomorrow morning, watch out for the rush hour traffic trying to mow you down.’
      • ‘A road accident victim has died two years after the tragedy that left him comatose - but the man convicted of mowing him down will escape the maximum possible sentence 10 years.’
      • ‘I had to get away from the van that would mow me down in a second if I gave it the chance.’
      • ‘At the conclusion of the coming six-part series, he is mown down by a female motorist and dies.’
      • ‘A father has described the horror of seeing his six-year-old boy mowed down by a hit-and-run driver.’
      • ‘His 80-year-old mother-in-law suffered a broken leg when a speeding car mowed her down last year.’
      • ‘And then, some drunk driver mowed him down on his skateboard last night.’
      • ‘The road seemed clear when she crossed but suddenly a police van appeared, seemingly from nowhere, on the wrong side of the road and mowed her down.’
      • ‘Five other activists testified that the driver must have seen Corrie before mowing her down.’
      • ‘The gates are now closed from 10.00 till 17.00 and 4-wheeled vehicles can no longer mow us down.’
      • ‘A hero who attempted to stop a thief stealing laptops from a college was killed after the would-be robber mowed him down in a car.’
      • ‘Two sons said yesterday they had forgiven the car thieves who killed their father by mowing him down on his garage forecourt.’
      • ‘The family of an interior designer mown down by a hit-and-run driver are urging witnesses to help police catch him.’
      • ‘The temptation to mow them down with a car was just too great.’
      • ‘The customer service worker said: ‘Not only could he have mown us down but he could have hurt other innocent victims as he drove like a maniac in the busy centre roads.’’