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English definition of “put-down”


noun [C] (also putdown)  /ˈpʊtˌdɑʊn/ infml
a negative statement about someone; insult: Calling American workers lazy was a mean-spirited put-down.
(Definition of put-down from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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