mow down


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mow 1

 (mou)
n.
1. The place in a barn where hay, grain, or other feed is stored.
2. A stack of hay or other feed stored in a barn.

[Middle English moue, stack of hay, from Old English mūga; akin to Old Norse mūgr, swathe, crowd.]

mow 2

 (mō)
v. mowed, mowed or mown (mōn), mow·ing, mows
v.tr.
1. To cut down (grass or grain) with a scythe or a mechanical device.
2. To cut (grass or grain) from: mow the lawn.
v.intr.
To cut down grass or other growth.
Phrasal Verb:
mow down
1. To destroy in great numbers as if cutting down, as in battle.
2. To overwhelm: mowed down the opposition with strong arguments.

[Middle English mouen, from Old English māwan; see mē- in Indo-European roots.]

mow′er (mō′ər) n.

mow down

vb
(Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) (tr, adverb) to kill in large numbers, esp by gunfire
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.mow down - kill a large number of people indiscriminately; "The Hutus massacred the Tutsis in Rwanda"
kill - cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly; "This man killed several people when he tried to rob a bank"; "The farmer killed a pig for the holidays"
Translations
يَحْصُد، يَقْتُل بأعْداد كبيرَه
skosit
meje ned
lekaszabol
stráfella
biçmekçok sayıda öldürmek

w>mow down

vt sepabmähen; (fig: = slaughter) → niedermähen

mow

(məu) past tense mowed: past participles mowed ~mown verb
to cut (grass etc) with a scythe or mower. He mowed the lawn.
ˈmower noun
a machine for cutting grass.
mow down
to kill in large numbers. Our troops were mown down by machine-gun fire.
References in classic literature ?
Ay, you may mow down the leaves and the blossoms, but the roots of life lie too deep for your sickle to sever.
Carr said: "Let's call a spade a spade - Dublin are going to absolutely mow down anything in Leinster.
The first piece of footage showed a Vauxhall Tigra, that prosecutors claim was being driven by Adebolajo, mow down the fusilier.