1. to beat up; to assault; thus downer, a knock-down or knock-out blow.
|Paul Pry 30 Sept. 181/4: [headline] Championship of England Disputed / And a Downer for Deaf Burke.|
|Musa Pedestris (1896) 137: But said he I will not down you, if you will but disburse / Your rowdy with me, yeoman – I’m content to whack your purse!‘The Bould Yeoman’ in Farmer|
|Seven Curses of London 190: He’ll ‘down’ you with a ‘one’r’ [...] if Mother H — only gives him the wink.|
|unpublished ballad: Then I downs my bleeding Judy, And puts a new head on her [F&H].|
|Forty Years a Gambler 52: I downed him, and was just getting ready to go to work, when the police rushed in.|
|Behind A Bus 105: I found his hand in my pocket where my money was. And then I ‘downed’ him with my stick.|
|Marvel III:58 17: I thought as it ‘ud be a-hangin’ job when I had to down old Malham with my jemmy.|
|From Coast to Coast with Jack London 105: And who are you that you dared to down our ‘Bad Bill,’ as we locally know him best?|
|Marvel 10 July 15: ‘Hold him!’ roared the Spider, beside himself with fury. ‘Down him!’.|
|World to Win 213: A policeman fell, downed by a brick.|
|Capricornia (1939) 374: Then someone yelled, ‘Foul! — Barsted knee’d him!’ Babble of voices. ‘Down him!’.|
|Bound for Glory (1969) 140: Downed ’im three times!|
|Billy Bunter at Butlins 34: He wouldn’t blame a fellow for chipping in to help a man who was downed by a footpad.|
|Animal Factory 66: Ponchie’s boys are gonna down somebody.|
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 105: The endgame is literally to ground your opponent [...] So you attempt to deck, drop, down, or dust him with all due speed.|
|Sl. U. 73: Did you see the shiner on Sam? His girlfriend must have downed him again.|
2. to defeat.
|Daily Trib. (Bismarck, ND) 5 Sept. 11/5: Holy smoke, you ought to see me down Phil Sheridan on ‘draw’ [...] he can’t play draw a little bit.|
|Wolfville 15: Never let no kyard-thief down you.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 3 Jan. 2/6: As it was, he downed a smart customer in the Carbine colt, Carabine, in the Viceroy Cup.|
|Sporting Times 1 Apr. 1/5: [He had] been previously reproached for downing his men too quickly.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 18 July 15/1: Dozens of white women [...] vainly endeavor to establish themselves in the wash industry, and are downed because the very people who fight for White Australia with their mouths fight against it with their pockets.|
|Mr Standfast (1930) 573: You won’t get any heroics about war from me. I’m all for peace, but we’ve got to down those devils first.|
|Honey in Horn 231: I could [...] pick a fight with him. Maybe if I jump on him I could down him, and then I’d be rid of him for good.|
|(con. 1880–90s) I Knock at the Door 74: They were watching their chance for years, and Kitty O’Shea is only an excuse for downing him.|
|Battlers 11: ‘It’s men,’ she said. ‘Everywhere you go they’re runnin’ things. Tryin’ to down you.’.|
|To Reach a Dream n.p.: scorn the can / learn flimflam / down the man / never be a Sam.|
3. to shoot dead.
|Wolfville 55: This yere second Mexican is downed on the run-in.|
|Fighting Caravans (1992) 89: I guess I’ve downed my first redskin.|
|Sudden 9: If he downs Pug this yer town won’t go inta mournin’.|
|Another Day in Paradise 237: I don’t work with niggers. We came here to down some. Not work with one of the motherfuckers.|
(W.I., Guyn.) to beat up severely.
|Dict. Carib. Eng. Usage.|
(W.I.) to seize firmly.
|Dict. Carib. Eng. Usage.|