dumb down


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A popular term meaning to simplify language for a less sophisticated—i.e., ‘dumb’—audience

dumb down

verb A popular term for simplifying language to a less sophisticated–ergo, 'dumb'–audience
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If they dumb down and get good attendances and good entries then perhaps there is a demand for lower-class racing on a Sunday, but the market place will find its own level.
One of the choices they made early on was ``not to dumb down the play.
And the nation's lukewarm reception to that programme should serve as a warning to Mr Dyke - our news is too important to dumb down.
Television, it goes without saying, has been a leader of the race to dumb down, but even this frequently reckless medium managed to plunge to new levels in recent days.
I thought you'd either have to dumb down because they're children, in which case it wouldn't be Mastermind.
want to dumb down the show - and from without - ratings for ``The Lawrence Welk Show'' are polka-ing over Max, who bubbles over in paroxysms of outrageous rage (nerdy factoid alert: ``Lawrence Welk'' didn't go on the air until July 1955; the two shows didn't compete until September '56).