One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the boy was run down by joyriders’
run over, knock down, knock over, knock to the ground
2‘she began to run him down in front of other people’
criticize, denigrate, belittle, disparage, deprecate, speak badly off, speak ill of, find fault with
informal put down, knock, bad-mouth, have a go at
British informal rubbish, slag off
rare derogate, asperse
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