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Phrasal Verbs

let down (2)

This page is about the phrasal verb 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

a. getting it up

b. letting it up

c. blowing it up

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