Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

let down/let-down

let down
Meaning(s)
1) disappoint someone, fail to support or help someone
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • let your family/friends/community down
  • Analysis
    As a phrasal verb to 'let down' means to descend before making a landing in an aircraft. To 'let down' something can also mean to alter the hem of clothing in order to make a garment such as a skirt or trousers longer. "I need to let down the hem of my son's school uniform each new term as he is growing so fast." You can also 'let down' the air in a tyre or something inflatable such as an air mattress or to move something into a lower position than it is currently in. "Let down the bucket from the window." To 'let someone down' means to disappoint them or fail to keep a promise. "I was let down when my date didn't show up at the cinema." If you 'let the side down' you disappoint a group or a team of people. "You really let the side down when you showed up late for the match on Saturday. We were all depending on you."  If something is 'let down' by something else it means to make it less successful or effective. "The performance was let down by the bad sound at the venue." "The dinner was let down by the poor service in the restaurant.". In this way 'let down'  can be used as a noun. "The sound was a let down." "The food was spectacular but the service was a let down." This is a noun and phrasal verb with a number of uses in every-day speech.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. By forgetting to reserve a table at the busy restaurant, John really let his wife down. She was so disappointed.
    2. When Mary wasn't accepted into her preferred University, she felt that she had let her family down.
    3. I felt really let down when my friends didn't show up for my party.
    4. The movie was a big let-down after all the great reviews!
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. The sales figures for this quarter have been a huge let down considering our marketing spend.
    2. We're counting you to represent us well at the conference, don't let us down!
    3. The analytics show we are being let down by our sales funnel.
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