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Phrasal Verbs

run down (2)

This page is about the phrasal verb run down (2)

Meaning

If you run somebody down, you criticize them and tell them they're no good.

Synonym

criticize, put down

For example

  • run sb down If the manager is angry about something, he runs everyone in the office down. No matter what they do, he criticizes them.

  • run sb down Just ignore Jenny. She runs everyone down like that when she's in a bad mood.

Quick Quiz

Larry is always running his brother Ken down. No matter what Ken does, Larry says

a. it's terrible

b. it's great

c. it's not too bad

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