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put sth down

verb uk phrasal verb with put   /pʊt/ ( present participle putting, past tense and past participle put) us  

(KILL)

to kill an animal that is old, sick, or injured, to prevent it from suffering: If a horse breaks its leg, it usually has to be put down.

(STOP)

to stop or limit an opposing political event or group: Police used tear gas to put the riot down. Thousands of troops were needed to put down the uprising.

(REDUCE)

UK ( UK and US bring sth down) to reduce a price or a charge: Shops are being forced to put their prices down in order to attract customers. It's time that the government put down interest rates.
(Definition of put sth down phrasal verb, verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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