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Phrasal Verbs

mow down

This page is about the phrasal verb mow down

Meaning

to kill a number of people, usually by shooting them or driving a vehicle into them

For example

  • mow down sb A bus driver lost control of his vehicle and mowed down seven people who were waiting at a bus stop.

  • mow sb down When the demonstrators refused to stop coming towards them, the troops opened fire and mowed them down.

Quick Quiz

As the gangsters ran from the restaurant, they were mowed down by

a. a team of gardeners

b. a hail of bullets

c. a clap of thunder

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