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|Verb||1.||kick downstairs - assign to a lower position; reduce in rank; "She was demoted because she always speaks up"; "He was broken down to Sergeant"|
assign, delegate, designate, depute - give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person)
sideline - remove from the center of activity or attention; place into an inferior position; "The outspoken cabinet member was sidelined by the President"
reduce - bring to humbler or weaker state or condition; "He reduced the population to slavery"