Meaning of “put-down” in the English Dictionary

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"put-down" in British English

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put-downnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈpʊt.daʊn/ us /ˈpʊt.daʊn/ informal

an unkind remark that makes someone seem silly:

One of the big put-downs of the presidential election campaign was the comment that he was "no Jack Kennedy".

(Definition of “put-down” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"put-down" in American English

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put-downnoun [ 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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