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Topic: FOOD

Sense: 1-2
Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old Norse
Origin: dúnn
Sense: 3, 5
Date: 1800-1900
Origin: DOWN2
Sense: 4
Origin: Old English dun 'hill'

down

2 verb
     
down2 [transitive]
1DF to drink or eat something quickly:
He downed the coffee in one gulp.
2 to knock or force someone to the ground:
O'Malley downed his opponent in the first round.
3

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British EnglishBEL to stop working, especially because you are taking part in a strike (=protest about pay or conditions by stopping work)
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