mow down
a) To cut down, especially in large numbers.

Our forecast calls for a return of summery weather in the 80s this weekend, so we actually can get out and mow down those weeds without having to inhale clouds of dust.

b) To kill or slaughter, or to injure by knocking down, especially in large numbers and in a ruthless manner.

[T]heir machine-gunners mowed down wave after wave of counterattacking Chinese.


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  • mow down — they were ordered to mow down the student protestors Syn: kill, run down, gun down, shoot down, cut down, cut to pieces, butcher, slaughter, massacre, annihilate, wipe out; informal blow away …   Thesaurus of popular words

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  • mow down — PHRASAL VERB If someone is mown down, they are killed violently by a vehicle or gunfire. [be V ed P] She was mown down on a pedestrian crossing... [V P n (not pron)] Gunmen mowed down 10 people in one attack. [Also V n P] …   English dictionary

  • mow down someone — mow down (someone/something) to violently cause someone or something to fall. The car skidded along the side of the road and mowed down several mailboxes before coming to a stop. A young woman was mowed down in a public market by narcotics… …   New idioms dictionary

  • mow down something — mow down (someone/something) to violently cause someone or something to fall. The car skidded along the side of the road and mowed down several mailboxes before coming to a stop. A young woman was mowed down in a public market by narcotics… …   New idioms dictionary

  • mow — [məu US mou] v past tense mowed past participle mown [məun US moun] [I and T] [: Old English; Origin: mawan] 1.) to cut grass using a machine ▪ It s time to mow the lawn again. 2.) new mown hay/grass etc recently cut grass etc mow down …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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