Definition of put-down in US English:



  • A remark intended to humiliate or criticize someone.

    ‘a clever put-down of Tory supporters’
    • ‘Clearly, the writers saved all of their best insults and put-downs for his character.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, you don't hear jokes about equine looks, nor waspishly disparaging put-downs as often as you used to.’
    • ‘In almost anyone else's mouth those words would have been a put-down remark of a not very agreeable kind.’
    • ‘The idea is to foster discussion among colleagues with different points of view - not to win debating points with clever put-downs.’
    • ‘Green, one of the most flamboyant figures in the world of retailing, was characteristic in his put-down.’
    • ‘But what proved the most memorable of all was his foul language and absolutely appalling put-downs.’
    • ‘He was never at a loss for the wounding remark, the inappropriately coarse joke, the cold put-down.’
    • ‘Every put-down seems to help him come back stronger.’
    • ‘Why are humorous put-downs needed when direct criticism or insults could suffice?’
    • ‘Caustic wit and the clever put-down are effective and useful weapons in political debate.’
    • ‘In the next article I shall address how to managing anger, stress, criticism and put-downs.’
    • ‘Borman points out that tolerating such heavy put-downs can squash your self-image.’
    • ‘This remark was meant as a put-down, but I never took it that way.’
    • ‘Now that would be a put-down remark in most people's minds.’
    • ‘But then Betjeman always enjoyed name-calling and was a great one for the put-down.’
    • ‘So not knowing anything about Korea is not a put-down by Americans; rather it is a national characteristic.’
    • ‘Refrain from insults, put-downs, and expressions of disgust, and avoid generalizations which are not only stereotypes, but often hurt.’
    • ‘The broadstroke put-down of dissenters and the accompanying lop-sided press coverage is a stalwart debating tactic.’
    • ‘So I guess in between clever put-downs some of these guys are taking notes.’
    • ‘All cultures have their own favorite put-downs, and for Americans, it is to call someone a ‘coward.’’
    snub, disparaging remark, insult, slight, affront, rebuff, sneer, disparagement, humiliation, slap in the face, barb, jibe, criticism
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