Meaning of let-down in English:


Pronunciation /ˈlɛtdaʊn/

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  • 1A disappointment.

    ‘the election was a bit of a let-down’
    • ‘I think the team should be cautious of a let-down after such a disappointing seeding.’
    • ‘It's like having a conjuring trick explained, interesting and a bit of a let-down: there is no magic, you find, only great skill and infinite care.’
    • ‘It was a bit of a let-down that the game on the Saturday was called off because I was really up for that, but they have promised to watch me at the start of next season.’
    • ‘We quickly discovered that the TV experience of which we were being so perversely deprived was a bit of a let-down.’
    • ‘From the passengers' point of view, after all the continental excitement, it's a bit of a let-down.’
    • ‘Market day in Kendal was a bit of a let-down for one trader last week.’
    • ‘The cover is a bit of a let-down, but this album is worth giving the benefit of the doubt to.’
    • ‘The variable pricing and patchy selection are the service's big let-downs, and the legality of what you get is the only up-side of the service that I could find.’
    • ‘I think it is one of Bradford's biggest let-downs and I don't just mean people dropping the odd crisp packet or cola can.’
    • ‘Invariably, it's a let-down because most things are not very good.’
    • ‘It's a terrible let-down when someone goes and behaves like this.’
    • ‘It's a big let-down for people who have had to put up with the inconvenience, the noise and the roadworks and what if it's put off again until the spring?’
    • ‘She scored all of her points off leg attacks, and except for a little let-down in the second round, she was just dominant.’
    • ‘This one took me a while to get into, because I liked its opening track so intensely that the rest of the album initially felt like a let-down.’
    • ‘Movie adaptations of comic books are always a let-down and trailers these days are front-loaded with all the best bits to lure gullible moviegoers to the multiplexes.’
    • ‘The one dramatic moment in the film, when Wayne tries to escape from his captors, is a let-down, and it doesn't last nearly as long as one would hope.’
    • ‘The punchline feels less like a revelation than a let-down.’
    • ‘Considering the artful subtlety found elsewhere, this is a let-down, stripping the film of any resonance with the issues at hand.’
    • ‘It's too bad that the conclusion, despite retaining a sense of unpredictability, is a let-down.’
    • ‘After these pranks, the second volume, covering the war years and their aftermath, was rather a let-down.’
    disappointment, disillusionment, anticlimax, comedown, non-success, non-event, fiasco, setback, frustration, blow
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  • 2mass noun The release of milk in a nursing mother or lactating animal as a reflex response to suckling or massage.

    ‘in order to aid let-down do not feed at this time’
    • ‘When the baby touches the breast a hormone called oxytocin is released, beginning a process known as milk let-down or ejection reflex.’
    • ‘It is known that oxytocin is important for milk let-down, but its physiologic release is pulsatile in nature.’
  • 3Aeronautics
    The descent of an aircraft or spacecraft prior to landing.

    ‘you might well commence a let-down miles away’
    • ‘The rest of the flight, except for the extremely gentle let-down, was normal.’