utorok, 5. augusta 2014

Idiom - Let someone down

  1. Fail to support someone; also, disappoint someone. For example, I was counting on John to come, but he let me down, or The team didn't want to let down the coach. [Late 1400s] A British phrase with the same meaning is let the side down, alluding to some kind of competition (sports, politics) and dating from the mid-1900s. It is occasionally used in America.
  2. let someone down easy. Convey bad or disappointing news in a considerate way, so as to spare the person's self-respect. For example, The teacher knew that Paul would have to repeat the course and that there was no way to let him down easy. [Colloquial; mid-1700s] Also see let down.

  • The end of the story really let me down. = I felt let down by the end of the story. [=the end of the story was disappointing]
  • Do you think that "get someone down" and "let someone down" mean the same thing?

get someone down

  • to cause (someone) to become sad or depressed 
  • The weather was really getting her down.
  • Talking about politics always gets me down.

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