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run sb/sth down

informal phrasal verb with run
 
 
/rʌn/ verb ( present participle running, past tense ran, past participle run)
to criticize someone or something, often unfairlyInsults and abuseTreating people or animals badlyChastising and rebuking
(Definition of run sb/sth down from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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