to take down

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - take down

"to take down"

to bring from a higher position to a lower one


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - take down

"to take down"

to take apart;

to dismantle


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Idiom Definition 3

Idiom Definition - take down

"to take down"

to lower someone's arrogance or self-esteem


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Idiom Definition 4

Idiom Definition - take down

"to take down"

to record in writing


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - take down

Two mothers are talking ...

Mother 1:  You have raised such a kind and gentle boy.

Mother 2:  Thank you.  Why do you say that?

Mother 1:  I saw your boy take a kitten down from a tree yesterday.

Mother 2:  He has always been saving animals and bringing them home.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - take down

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  OK. Time to move on to the next camping spot.

Friend 2:  Give me a hand to take down the tent.

Friend 1:  I'll pull this peg and you start folding.

Idiom Scenario 3

Idiom Definition - take down

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  We entered the debate so confident that we would win. We thought we were the best.

Friend 2:  Ya, until the opposition took us down one by one.

Friend 1:  They were really good. I suppose that a taste of humility is good for us.

Idiom Scenario 4

Idiom Definition - take down

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  That was an intense meeting. There were a lot of complex ideas and everybody was talking very quickly.

Colleague 2:  We can review the details later from your notes. You did take down the information, right?

Colleague 1:  The meeting was so intense I forgot to write anything. Sorry.

to take down - Usage:


to take down - Gerund Form:

Taking down signs after a sale ends is normal procedure.

Taking down the tent, they packed it away for the next camping trip.

Taking down colleagues is a method some people use to raise their own importance.

Taking down notes in class helps with studying later.

to take down - Examples:

1)  ... affiliate marketing or consulting or developing your own products. For now, take down the ads and focus on growth.

2)  Whenever a police officer writes the statement, he shall take down the exact words spoken by the person making the statement ...

3)  Make sure to take down names and contact information so you can call on them later.

4)  As they neared the shore, they worked together to take down the sail, folding it carefully, and tying it up tight.

5)  Those conservatives with the money to take down a newspaper in a hostile takeover need to do so.

6)  I have taken down a busy black print wallpaper and painted the top walls and ceiling a pale pink ...

7)  This suggests not that the servers were temporarily taken down due to some sort of DDOS attack but rather have been shutdown.

8)  Our society has been taken down a piece at a time for a very long time. 

9)  The tents that were taken down prior to the storm have also been set back up, ...

10)  Please be advised that as of 2:30pm today, the city has taken down this notice, ...

11)  ... the dealership he visited wouldn't let him even look at the car without taking down his name, address, driver's license information, and phone number.

12)  They've got most of the animatronics dismantled, and they're taking down the glass in the Ballroom now.

13)  This will become their bible for taking down Romney, bet the house on it! 

14)  It is in taking down these organized, multi-faceted criminal enterprises that DOJ plays the primary role.

15)  Have a means of writing and taking down information to assist you with communication in the event of an emergency. Have paper ...

16)  Google UK takes down 7 million illegal links per month.

17)  Nicholas McGinnis takes down Rand, including a close look at some of her faux arguments, ...

18)  He takes down a copy of the Koran from a shelf and points to the chapter and verse ...

19)  There is a notice board nearby and the doctor takes down one of the papers tacked there, using it to do some mathematical calculations.

20)  Great post. It takes down a lot of myths.