Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

run (somebody/something) down

run somebody downrun something down
Meaning(s)
1) criticize somebody or something harshly
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    • stop running yourself down
  • Analysis
     When you ‘run someone down’ it can mean that you have been speaking about them in a critical or negative way. ‘Don’t run me down in front of our boss again.’ This is a phrase used in social and professional contexts.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I wish Brian would stop running himself down all the time. He's much more capable than he gives himself credit for.
    2. I'm not trying to run your work down, but the quality of your output isn't what it used to be.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. The boss was quick to run down my proposal in the meeting, and would not listen to any counter-argument.
    2. I really don't get on with our team leader, I feel like she runs me down all the time in front of the rest of the team.
  • Further Suggestions
2) hit somebody or something with a vehicle
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    • the man was run down crossing the road
  • Analysis
    To ‘run someone down’ can mean to hit them with a vehicle, usually as a result or driving erratically. ‘My cat was found last night. He had been run down by a car.’ This is a term only used in specific circumstances to talk about car accidents.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. The drunk driver ran down and severely injured a pedestrian, before fleeing the scene.
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