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 Down in the Dumps.Down on his Luck. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Down on Him (To be).
 
I was down on him in a minute. I pounced on him directly; I detected his trick immediately. Also to treat harshly. The allusion is to birds of prey.   1
 


 Down in the Dumps.Down on his Luck. 

 
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