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let down (2) British and Australian English

Meaning: to release the air from something like a tyre or a blow-up mattress

Synonym: deflate

For example:

  • let down sth Timothy was expelled from school for letting down the tyres on his teacher's car.

  • let sth down After they'd played with their blow-up dolls, they let them down and packed them away.

Variety: This is typically used in British and Australian English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

Letting the mattress down was much easier than
  1. getting it up
  2. letting it up
  3. blowing it up

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