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    #1

    to put somebody down

    Hello,

    I'm wondering if I can use the verb from the title in the following context:
    The police chased the criminal and put him down on the ground.

    I don't want to say that they shot him down I mean that they made him lie on the ground.

    Thanks in advance for your assistance.

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    #2

    Re: to put somebody down

    In that case, say 'The police caught the criminal and made him lie on the ground'.

    If an officer chased him and felled him with a tackle like in rugby or American football, then he brought him down or wrestled him to the ground.

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    #3

    Re: to put somebody down

    I don't have any problem with "put him down on the ground", no matter how it was accomplished.

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    #4

    Re: to put somebody down

    You could also say that the police took the criminal down.

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