take down

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take down ‎(third-person singular simple present takes down, present participle taking down, simple past took down, past participle taken down)

  1. To remove something from a wall or similar vertical surface to which it is fixed.
    He took down the picture and replaced it with the framed photograph.
  2. To remove something from a hanging position.
    We need to take down the curtains to be cleaned.
  3. To write a note. Usually to record something that is said.
    If you have a pen, you can take down my phone number.
  4. To remove a temporary structure such as scaffolding.
    When everything else is packed, we can take down the tent.
  5. To lower an item of clothing without removing it.
    The doctor asked me to take down my trousers.
  6. (of a person) To crush; to destroy or kill.
    • 2012, Kira Sinclair, Take It Down, ISBN 0373796765, page 191:
      It took me eight years to get enough on the asshole to try and take him down.
    • 2014, Mallery Malone, Take Down, ISBN 1466854847:
      They'd had occasion to see Peyton Armistead in all his righteous fury and she knew they wouldn't hesitate to take him down if she gave the word.
    • 2014, David Mitchell, The Bone Clocks, ISBN 9780340921609, page 431:
      So Marinus, me and a few other unthanked individuals - Atemporals for the most part, with some mortal collaborators -- make it our business to ...take them down.