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- (intransitive) To descend, fall down, collapse.
- A tree came down and hit me on the head.
- 1897 December (indicated as 1898), Winston Churchill, chapter IV, in The Celebrity: An Episode, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., OCLC 222716698, page 46:
- No matter how early I came down, I would find him on the veranda, smoking cigarettes, or otherwise his man would be there with a message to say that his master would shortly join me if I would kindly wait.
- (intransitive) To be demolished.
- The damage sustained in the fire is so great that the whole building will have to come down.
- (intransitive) To decrease.
- Real estate prices have come down since the peak of the boom.
- (intransitive) To reach a decision.
- I can't guess which way the board will come down on the project.
- (intransitive) To be passed through time.
- Much wisdom has come down in the form of proverbs.
- (intransitive, idiomatic) To return from an elevated state of consciousness or emotion.
- He finally came down from his post-bonus high.
- 1995, Jarvis Cocker (lyrics), “Sorted For E’s and Wizz”, in Different Class, performed by Pulp:
- In the middle of the night, it feels alright / But then tomorrow morning / Ooh, ooh, then you come down
- 2005 January 30, Drake Bennett, “Dr. Ecstasy”, in The New York Times, ISSN 0362-4331:
- In 1967, a Shulgin compound called DOM enjoyed a brief vogue in Haight-Ashbury under the name STP, at doses several times larger than those at which Shulgin had found significant psychoactive effects, and emergency rooms saw a spike in the number of people coming in thinking they would never come down.
- 2015 June 28, “It was 20 years ago today: the year British dance music went wild”, in The Observer:
- Britpop had revitalised rock, and an unprecedented explosion in dance music – sparked off by a second consecutive sunny and idyllic Glastonbury – transformed how Britain thought, listened, partied and came down afterwards.
- (impersonal, UK) To rain.
- It's coming down heavily now.
- (intransitive, UK) To graduate from university, especially an Oxbridge university.
- 2008, Preeta Samarasan, Evening is the Whole Day, Fourth Estate, page 24:
- Raju had got a job with a law firm in Singapore after coming down from Oxford.
- Shortening of of To be about to happen.
reach a decision
be passed through time
return from an elevated state of consciousness
graduate — see graduate