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put sth down

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

(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.
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