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, volume 1, page 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, page 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, page 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.