send down

send down
   1. to dismiss from university
   The opposite of up, in residence. Usually for misconduct or failure to achieve academic results:
    When I was an undergraduate you got sent down if you were caught riveting a dolly. (Sharpe, 1974)
   Send down the road, of summary dismissal from employment, is obsolete.
   2. to sentence to imprisonment
   Cells are often below courtrooms, whence the injunction 'Send the prisoner down', when sentence has been passed:
    In all her nineteen years she had never once been permitted to visit her father, who had been sent down three months before she was born. (Strong, 1994)

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  • send down — ► send down Brit. 1) expel (a student) from a university. 2) informal sentence to imprisonment. Main Entry: ↑send …   English terms dictionary

  • send down — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms send down : present tense I/you/we/they send down he/she/it sends down present participle sending down past tense sent down past participle sent down British informal 1) to send someone to prison He s been… …   English dictionary

  • send down — verb suspend temporarily from college or university, in England • Syn: ↑rusticate • Derivationally related forms: ↑rustication (for: ↑rusticate) • Hypernyms: ↑suspend, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • send down — v. (BE) (D; tr.) ( to expel ) to send down from (he was sent down from Oxford) * * * [ send daʊn] (BE) (D;tr.) ( to expel ) to send down from (he was sent down from Oxford) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • send down — 1) PHRASAL VERB: usu passive If a student is sent down from their university or college, they are made to leave because they have behaved very badly. [BRIT] [be V ed P] She wondered if he had been sent down for gambling. (in AM, use be expelled)… …   English dictionary

  • send down — verb a) To expel an undergraduate from university. He was sent down from Oxford for theft. b) To bowl. Eventually she was caught, and sent down for twelve years …   Wiktionary

  • send down — transitive verb Date: 1848 British to suspend or expel from a university …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • send down — remove; dispatch (to someone making an appeal) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • send — W1S1 [send] v past tense and past participle sent [sent] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(by post etc)¦ 2¦(radio/computer etc)¦ 3¦(person to place)¦ 4 send (somebody) a message/signal 5 send your love/regards/best wishes etc 6¦(cause to move)¦ 7 send… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • send — /send/ verb past tense and past participle sent /sent/ 1 BY POST/RADIO ETC (T) to arrange for something to go or be taken to another place, especially by post: send sb a letter/message/card: Honestly, I get tired of sending Christmas cards. |… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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