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bring down

Meaning: to cause a government or a leader to lose power

Synonym: topple

For example:

  • bring down sth Huge street protests eventually brought down the Marcos government.

  • bring sth down Even if the corruption scandal brings the government down, they'll just be replaced by more thieves in fancy suits.

Nouns often used as objects with
bring down: government, leader, president, prime minister, dictatorship

Quick Quiz:

After his military government was brought down, the president was
  1. very pleased
  2. very powerful
  3. very angry

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