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Meaning: something that makes you depressed or unhappy

For example:

  • Losing that job was such a downer! I really enjoyed the work.

  • Kerry said that she's been miserable ever since she failed her physics exam. It was a real downer for her.

Quick Quiz:

If you find that a certain activity is a downer for you, you will probably
  1. repeat it whenever possible
  2. recall it whenever possible
  3. avoid it whenever possible

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