1. (also downed, down on it) depressed.
|Alchemist IV vii: Thou art so down upon the least disaster! How would’st thou ha’ done, if I had not help’t thee out?|
|Proc. Old Bailey 23 Feb. 90/1: Thomas Past (that down looking Fellow ) came up next with something in his Hand.|
|Diary and Letters (1904) I 260: I won’t be mortified, and I won’t be downed.|
|Dict. of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, etc. 70: A woman who cries bitterly is equally down, or ‘in a gallows-taking fit.’.|
|Finish to the Adventures of Tom and Jerry (1889) 74: Things with me are looking rather up-ish; but they have been down-ish a ‘tiny bit’ too long.|
|Bleak House (1991) 447: I am in the Downs.|
|Sketches in Prison Camps 151: Something must be done [...] to raise these fellows up. They are completely down, and if we don’t get them up, why they will pull us down too.|
|Robbery Under Arms (1922) 298: ‘Now and then there’s a star’ [...] says he, cheerful and pleasant again; he was never down for long at a time.|
|Quinton’s Rouseabout and other Stories 133: ‘Yer seem down on it this mornin’,’ said Jarvers sulkily. ‘Have I not good reason to be?’ she returned, with tears in her eyes.|
|Lonely Plough (1931) 39: They’re terble down, an’ it would cheer them up a bit.|
|Human Side of Crook and Convict Life 79: I feels ‘down’ every time I sees that little ’un.|
|Book of Negro Folklore 453: I have been real down for about five years.letter to Frederic Ramsey Jr in Hughes & Bontemps|
|We Were the Rats 188: I was down as low as I had ever been.|
|Proud Highway (1997) 588: You sounded pretty down.letter 28 Nov. in|
|Carlito’s Way 112: I’d never seen Rocco so down.|
|(con. 1940s) Sum of Things 397: You’re down now, but it won’t last. You’ll jump out of it, see if you don’t.|
|Powder 349: He was desperately down about Helmet.|
|Indep. 29 Feb. 3: I always believe a soap audience is never as happy as when it is down.|
|‘Ball of the Freaks’ in Life (1976) 110: I’m raggedy and I’m down, / Wasn’t invited but I came around.et al.|
3. in a state unassisted by any drug.
|Who Live In Shadow (1960) 13: A junkie can’t worry about getting busted by the coppers. Not when he’s getting down and starting to feel sick.|
|Last Exit to Brooklyn (1966) 26: Oh God they’ll bug me. They know I cant stay down. They know it.|
|Ringolevio 51: They were just down junkies [...] trying to scrape together the necessary money to keep the sick off.|
see under chops n.1
to feel depressed, esp. at the prospect of prison or judicially sanctioned death, to sink beneath one’s problems.
|Lex. Balatronicum n.p.: This expression is used by thieves to signify that their companion did not die game, as the kiddy dropped down when he went to be twisted; the young fellow was very low spirited when he walked out to be hanged.|
|Vocab. of the Flash Lang. in McLachlan (1964) 236: down: To drop down upon yourself, is to become melancholy, or feel symptoms of remorse or compunction, on being committed to jail, cast for death, &c. To sink under misfortunes of any kind. A man who gives way to this weakness, is said to be down upon himself.|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue [as cit. 1812].|
to make someone depressed.
|We Who Are About to Die 107: It got me down [...] sitting there with a gun pointed at my head.|
|Pat Hobby Stories (1967) 72: This one has got me down.‘Teamed with Genius’ in|
|Big Smoke 188: People talk, but you can’t let what they say get you down.|
|Saved Scene ii: Livin’ like that must ’a got yer down.|
|Family Arsenal 148: Don’t let it get you down.|
|DSUE (8th edn) 457/1: late C.19–20.|
|Love Is a Racket 73: Nothing could get her down the way Wesker had her liquored up.|
SE in slang uses
(US black) open, honest, candid.
|‘Good-Doing Wheeler’ in Life (1976) 78: I’ve come down front, ’cause there’s something I want.et al.|
see also separate entries.
see under dead man n.
a prostitute who does not resort to thieving.
|Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Buttock and Twang, or a downright Buttock and sham File, c. a Common Whore but no Pickpocket.|
|New Canting Dict. [as cit. c.1698].|
|, , ,||Universal Etym. Eng. Dict.|
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: Buttock and Twang, or a downright Buttock and sham File, c. a Common Whore but no Pickpocket.|
|Lex. Balatronicum [as cit. 1785].|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue [as cit. 1785].|
a coy ref. to the vagina; occas. the penis.
|Sexus (1969) 141: The only thing that bothered her was that she seemed to grow larger down there with each abortion.|
|Hot to Trot 25: Would you touch me down there?|
|(con. 1949) True Confessions (1979) 99: Cunt. c-u-n-t. It was a word Brenda used [...] Not Mary Margaret. ‘Down there,’ Mary Margaret said, and she meant down there on him as well as on her.|
|Maledicta VI:1+2 (Summer/Winter) 147: From them she might pick up and more to startle than identify with her [lesbian] sisters use words and expressions such as [...] tourist (not in the life but down there on a visit, etc.).|
|Robbers (2001) 237: I’ll shave first. You know . . . down there.|
|Eddie’s World 18: And maybe he’s bigger than me down there.|
|Turning Angel 27: She said Kate had a lot of trauma—down there, you know? [Ibid.] 173: Drew asked if she kissed me ‘down low’ better than he does.|
|(con. 1973) Johnny Porno 267: He grabbed me too. Down there.|
|Misadventures On Line 10 Nov. [Internet] Adventures in Medical School. Look, I’m in training to be a doctor. I know extensively what’s going on ‘down there’.|
1. (US) down to the hard facts; to a final reckoning; usu. as come down... / get down..
|Wolfville 48: This yere brings things down to cases.|
|Seattle Repub. (WA) 25 Jan. 5/3: It took the Senate committee on railroads but a few hours after getting down to caases to discover that Pie-maker had been barking up the right tree.|
|N.Y. Times Mag. 30 Apr. 5/4: The Three Musketeers Alexander Dumas [...] when he got to pushing the pen across the paper he got down to cases right away.My View on Books in|
|Day Book (Chicago) 2 Apr. 3/1: They probably are pretty sure they can control the legislature if it comes down to cases.|
|Merton of the Movies 194: Listen here, Jeff – I’m down to cases. There’s something about this kid.|
2. (US Und.) down to one’s last pennies.
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
see under seam n.
see on one’s/the short strokes under short strokes n.
knock him down!
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue ms. additions n.p.: Apple Cart. Down with his Apple cart. Knock or throw him down .|
|Era (London) 18 Oct. 5/4: Now then, one two, three, and ‘down goes your apple cart.‘ — Alderman White: What does he mean [...] — The Offcer: He meant your worship that he would knock any man down who stood in his way.|
|,||Dict. of Modern Sl. etc.|
|, ,||Sl. Dict.|
|Sporting Times 7 Jan. 1/2: Bring me a Hamburg steak, and bring it quick or up goes your apple-cart.|