Definition of comedown in US English:



  • 1A loss of status or importance.

    ‘patrol duty? A comedown for a sergeant’
    • ‘It was quite a comedown for a former super star with 446 career major league home runs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It might seem somewhat a comedown for the nation's telecom commentariat, but the big issue in telecommunications for 2005 is municipal broadband provision.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For someone who was one of the nation's top TV presenters, the chance to appear in the reality show represents a significant comedown.’
    • ‘Part-time football may seem a comedown, but he insists he has never enjoyed his football as much.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is a sad comedown for the man who was once the most important figure in the comic book industry.’
    • ‘A slide from 74% to 70% ain't that big of a comedown.’
    • ‘Is it a comedown to take a trip that doesn't set any records?’
    • ‘They had been talking about going home and making scrambled eggs - which would be quite a comedown from last night's glorious dinner.’
    • ‘The comedown occurred later rather than sooner.’
    • ‘That is a comedown for Bangalore's development portal which was headed by a core team of professionals and eminent citizens.’
    • ‘Only 10% of broadband subscribers get its service now, a big comedown for a company that once had 50% of the Net-access market.’
    • ‘He feels that the commissioner job would be a comedown for the minister.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's a big comedown in one sense, a remarkable comeback in another.’
    • ‘Still, his reputation is under assault - quite the comedown for a guy who is a hometown hero in both San Diego and Houston.’
    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’
    • ‘‘It was a bit of a comedown with me thinking I was making my first Hollywood movie,’ he says.’
    • ‘There was a real comedown as a result of our chances being over-hyped, though.’
    • ‘After that, the title track is a bit of a 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.
      • ‘In those few moments, I was innocent again - untouched by grief and loneliness, cocaine-fuelled highs and comedowns.’
      • ‘E comedowns are generally spread over three days, gradually improving until you feel recovered by the fourth day.’
      • ‘The comedowns were a nightmare, and even the very peaks of the peaks were nothing much to write home about.’
      • ‘He started taking drugs at age 14, and he began injecting heroin because the comedowns after taking amphetamines were so bad.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In an attempt to postpone the comedown indefinitely, some people become addicts, taking the drug continuously to maintain a permanent high.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They like the hit it gives them, but the comedown is really heavy so then they take some smack to get through it.’
      • ‘I stopped when I realized that the comedowns were worse than the highs.’