live down

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English[edit]

Verb[edit]

live down (third-person singular simple present lives down, present participle living down, simple past and past participle lived down)

  1. To live so as to subdue or refute.
    to live down slander
  2. To get used to something shameful.
    He has never been able to live down his electoral defeat.

Usage notes[edit]

Most used in the negative sense, as above.

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