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  1. 1
    used for emphasizing that everything or everyone is included, even the smallest thing or the least important person

    Everything had been carefully planned, right down to the last detail.

    The changes will affect everyone from managing director down to the shopfloor worker.

  2. 2
    used for saying how long someone’s hair is or how long their clothes are

    I’m going to grow my hair down to my shoulders.

    She wore a long skirt that came down to her ankles.

  3. 3
    British used for saying that something is caused by something else

    Of course there are long delays, and it’s all down to a lack of planning.

    put something down to something (=think that something is caused by something else):

    He’s always been bad-tempered. I put it down to his unhappy childhood.

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a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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