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- Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see get, down.
- (transitive or intransitive) To bring or come down; to descend; to cause to bring or come down.
- The kitten climbed the tree, but then couldn't get down again.
- Don't worry, I got the kitten down.
- (transitive) To concentrate; attend.
- To get down to the matter at hand.
- (transitive) To depress; discourage; fatigue.
- Nothing gets me down so much as a rainy day.
- (transitive) To swallow (something).
- The pill was so large that he couldn't get it down.
- To relax and enjoy oneself completely; be uninhibited in one's enjoyment.
- Getting down with a bunch of old friends.
- (informal, intransitive) To duck or take cover, usually to avoid harm. Commonly used as a caution or warning in the imperative.
- With bullets flying, all I could do was get down and pray.
- (informal, intransitive) To dance, particularly without inhibition or restraint, or in a sexually suggestive manner.
- Synonym: boogie down
- (informal, intransitive) To party.
- (informal, intransitive) To have sex.
- 1971, Gil Scott-Heron (lyrics and music), “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”:
- And women will not care if Dick finally got down with Jane on Search for Tomorrow
- 1975, “Get Down Tonight”, performed by KC and the Sunshine Band:
- Oh, do a little dance / Make a little love / Get down tonight, get down tonight
- 1978, “Dirty Weekend”, in Blondes Have More Fun, performed by Rod Stewart:
- You get naked, honey, I'll get down / I'm gonna chase you around
- (intransitive, Britain, informal, of a child) To leave the table after dining.
- Mummy, can I get down please?
- (transitive) To record in writing.
- Synonym: take down
- Quick, here's a pen, get this down will you, before I forget.
- (transitive) To criticise
- Ann is always getting down on these students
come down (intransitive) — see come down
go down (intransitive) — see go down
bring down (transitive) — see let down
party — see party
have sex — see have sex
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