Definition of comedown in US English:



  • 1A loss of status or importance.

    ‘patrol duty? A comedown for a sergeant’
    • ‘A slide from 74% to 70% ain't that big of a comedown.’
    • ‘They had been talking about going home and making scrambled eggs - which would be quite a comedown from last night's glorious dinner.’
    • ‘Part-time football may seem a comedown, but he insists he has never enjoyed his football as much.’
    • ‘Typically, when offered good roles on TV, she didn't consider the small screen a comedown, but welcomed the opportunity to do some of her best work.’
    • ‘This is a sad comedown for the man who was once the most important figure in the comic book industry.’
    • ‘Still, his reputation is under assault - quite the comedown for a guy who is a hometown hero in both San Diego and Houston.’
    • ‘Is it a comedown to take a trip that doesn't set any records?’
    • ‘It was a bit of a comedown in that we had to pack up everything and then spend 48 hours homeless - living in other people's spare rooms, our car packed to the gunnels with all our worldly possessions.’
    • ‘It might seem somewhat a comedown for the nation's telecom commentariat, but the big issue in telecommunications for 2005 is municipal broadband provision.’
    • ‘For someone who was one of the nation's top TV presenters, the chance to appear in the reality show represents a significant comedown.’
    • ‘Only 10% of broadband subscribers get its service now, a big comedown for a company that once had 50% of the Net-access market.’
    • ‘It's a big comedown in one sense, a remarkable comeback in another.’
    • ‘That is a comedown for Bangalore's development portal which was headed by a core team of professionals and eminent citizens.’
    • ‘For some of the non-American workers who were supposed to be the foot soldiers of a new technological era, the comedown has been devastating, and incredibly sudden.’
    • ‘It was quite a comedown for a former super star with 446 career major league home runs.’
    • ‘The comedown occurred later rather than sooner.’
    • ‘When he was known at all, he was thought of as a writer of noirish detective thrillers, which were seen as a comedown from promising literary beginnings.’
    • ‘He feels that the commissioner job would be a comedown for the minister.’
    • ‘What a comedown for the land known in ancient times as Arabia Felix, or Happy Arabia, whose rulers included the Queen of Sheba and whose caravan routes supplied frankincense and myrrh to the Holy Roman Empire.’
    • ‘Subtlety has never been a trademark of the Internet, so don't expect its comedown to be any less tasteful or underscored than its ascension.’
    loss of status, loss of face
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  • 2A feeling of disappointment or depression.

    ‘it's such a comedown after Christmas is over’
    • ‘The opening triumvirate is as strong as any string of songs he's written, and the wistful finality of the sweetly cathartic title track foreshadows a disappointing comedown.’
    • ‘There were a few kilted drunks doing the Tartan Army thing and it wasn't the worst crowd inside Hampden but after the barnstorming frenzies of Italy and Belarus, this was a heart-slowing comedown.’
    • ‘After that, the title track is a bit of a comedown.’
    • ‘There was a real comedown as a result of our chances being over-hyped, though.’
    • ‘‘It was a bit of a comedown with me thinking I was making my first Hollywood movie,’ he says.’
    anticlimax, let-down, bathos, disappointment, disillusionment, deflation, decline, setback, reversal
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    1. 2.1in singular A lessening of the sensations generated by a narcotic drug as its effects wear off.
      • ‘The comedowns were a nightmare, and even the very peaks of the peaks were nothing much to write home about.’
      • ‘In those few moments, I was innocent again - untouched by grief and loneliness, cocaine-fuelled highs and comedowns.’
      • ‘All those hoovers are great if you've popped a pill, but I'm so over that these days: mid-week comedowns hit a hell of a lot harder when you live alone and don't have a full-time job to distract you.’
      • ‘The comedown was horrible because I wanted to sleep and instead I had to be running around doing errands.’
      • ‘They don't like the comedowns, they don't like the way people they know act when they're coked up; they just enjoy talking to people at parties who are straight, when they themselves are straight.’
      • ‘In an attempt to postpone the comedown indefinitely, some people become addicts, taking the drug continuously to maintain a permanent high.’
      • ‘They like the hit it gives them, but the comedown is really heavy so then they take some smack to get through it.’
      • ‘Considering both the cinematic and literary sources of inspiration that marked the weekend just past, it is reasonable to compare the aftermath of this greasy and sugary happenstance to a heroin comedown, or something of that notoriety.’
      • ‘E comedowns are generally spread over three days, gradually improving until you feel recovered by the fourth day.’
      • ‘Caught in a whirlwind of high times, hard drugs and harder comedowns, the singer made a botched suicide attempt and began to overdose on a regular basis.’
      • ‘He started taking drugs at age 14, and he began injecting heroin because the comedowns after taking amphetamines were so bad.’
      • ‘I got on a high, and the comedown was vicious, but I recovered from a bad hangover - and if there is a next time I probably won't drink as much and will read the side of the pack and go by the recommended dosage.’
      • ‘As if that wasn't shocking enough, by page ten I am trying desperately to hold my own in a world of strobe-lit flings and comedowns from drugs I have never heard of, described in language I never knew existed.’
      • ‘I stopped when I realized that the comedowns were worse than the highs.’