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Sandra's just gone down to the shops.
I saw him down at the station this morning.
The government is determined to bring down unemployment.
House prices have come down to a more reasonable level.
Overall demand for heating energy last winter was down by about 10%.
Profits are 15% down on last year.
Everything had been carefully planned, right down to the last detail.
The changes will affect everyone from managing director down to the shopfloor worker.
Of course there are long delays, and it's all down to a lack of planning.
He's always been bad-tempered. I put it down to his unhappy childhood.
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a sweet brown powder that tastes like chocolate and is made from the seeds of a Mediterranean tree
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