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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Contributor: Matt Errey