live down

This page is about the phrasal verb live down.

Meaning: to have people forget about something embarrassing or silly that you've done

For example:

  • live down sth I'll never live down the fact that I forgot to thank my wife when I was accepting my Academy Award.

  • live sth down People still laugh about the time the House Speaker fell asleep during the Prime Minister's speech. He'll never live that down!

Note: This is usually used in a negative form, such as "He'll never live this down."

Quick Quiz:

Larry will never live down the fact that he once came to work

a. on time

b. by car

c. drunk

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Contributor: Matt Errey