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English definition of “be down on sb”

be down on sb

informal
to criticize someone: It's not fair of the boss to be so down on a new employee.Disapproving and criticizingDamaging reputation
(Definition of be down on sb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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