do down - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive] British informal
present tense
I/you/we/theydo down
he/she/itdoes doeswn
present participledoing doingwn
past tensedid didwn
past participledone donewn
  1. to criticize someone in a way that makes them seem stupid or unsuccessful

    Joe had been done down by his teacher so often that he had lost all confidence.

    do yourself down:

    You mustn’t do yourself down – you have a lot of ability.

See also main entry: do