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    Smile What is the meaning of "man down"?

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    Robin leaves for Derek and the mood goes down. Ted cheers up,

    Ted : We're a man down. That just means we're gonna have to party that much harder.

    What does this mean? is it like a man who are ready to do something?

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    Re: What is the meaning of "man down"?

    We are a man down.
    We are a man short.
    One person has left.
    One person is missing.

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    Re: What is the meaning of "man down"?

    It is also used typically in US crime dramas, with the specific meaning 'One of our operatives - a man or a woman - has been incapacitated [and may be dead]'. It is often followed by the expression 'Get a bus' (which, in that context, means 'Call for an ambulance'). So that the following dialogue would be possible:

    A: Man down!
    B: Get a bus.
    C (feeling pulse): No need - she's gone.

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    Re: What is the meaning of "man down"?

    [AmE - not a teacher]

    I would bet real money that "man down" is originally a military phrase, similar to "man overboard". As an idiom (and in the example cited), it means "We are a man short", but in other context, it means "we have an injured/fallen (downed) member that we need to attend to".

    (It's rather hard to google this because of all the noise generated by Rihanna!)

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    Re: What is the meaning of "man down"?

    (Incidentally, I think you can add "-Rihanna" at the end of the search string. I'm not sure if this works with Google, but it did with Altavista in the days when I was working (unpaid!) on the Help, and I still do it.)

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