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Slang

run down

This page is about the slang term run down

Meaning

(as in to run somebody/something down) to criticize unfairly or cruelly

For example

  • His staff don't like him because he's always running them down.

  • I wish Jane would stop running herself down. I tell her she's a really good person, but she won't believe me.

Quick Quiz

Kerry felt that her mother was always running her down. It seemed that her mother thought that Kerry couldn't do anything

a. right

b. wrong

c. badly

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Contributor: Matt Errey