come down to us

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come down to us

  1. (idiomatic) To survive to the present day; to be extant in some form.
    • 1858: Charles Henry Cooper & Thompson Cooper, Athenae Cantabrigienses, vol. 1, p. 138
      It is somewhat remarkable that none of bishop Ridley’s sermons have come down to us.
    • 2002: Alexander J. Morin (ed.), Classical Music: The Listener's Companion, p. 638
      There is some confusion about this work since the original has disappeared, and scholars have assumed that what has come down to us is not by Mozart.
    • 2003: Vivien Law, The History of Linguistics in Europe: From Plato to 1600, p. 170
      As you’ll have noticed, a large number of pre-Renaissance writings on language have come down to us without any indication of their author’s name, or with a false one attached.