to put someone down

If you belittle someone or make them look small, you put them down. You might make a sarcastic comment about someone’s suggestion and this puts them down.

John called his wife an idiot for scratching the car. This really put her down.

A put down is a word, phrase or comment that makes someone feel bad. If someone is wearing clothes that you don’t like and you want to hurt them, you might say:

Nice jacket. I remember when it was in fashion.

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