Phrasal Verbs

dumb down

This page is about the phrasal verb dumb down



to make something like a movie or a novel easier to understand so more money can be made from it

For example

  • dumb down sth Ross used to work in telelvision, but he quit when he was told he had to dumb down the programs he was working on.

  • dumb sth down Movie directors often say big studios dumb their movies down to sell more tickets.

Quick Quiz

If a movie has been dumbed down, it means it has been changed to make it

a. easier to act in

b. easier to direct

c. easier to understand

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