1. n. something that depresses someone.
The news was a terrible bring-down.
Just to see your face was a bring-down.
2. n. something that brings someone back to reality.
The bill for the week’s stay was a real bring-down.
I have had one bring-down after another today.

Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions. 2015.

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