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mow down

Meaning: to kill a number of people, usually by shooting them or driving a vehicle into them

For example:

  • mow down sb A bus driver lost control of his vehicle and mowed down seven people who were waiting at a bus stop.

  • mow sb down When the demonstrators refused to stop coming towards them, the troops opened fire and mowed them down.

Quick Quiz:

As the gangsters ran from the restaurant, they were mowed down by
  1. a team of gardeners
  2. a hail of bullets
  3. a clap of thunder

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