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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I don't feel that for the sake of the extra money they are going to dumb down. 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."
The first step was to dumb down the public' enough that the language of George Bush would actually sound plausible, a task now largely accomplished by television in general and Fox News in particular.
If we are going to help future generations learn, then I think it is incumbent on us to know enough ourselves not to "dumb down" education on any topic because of our own limitations--even more so if we sit on a school board!
In a letter to FIA president Max Mosley, Dennis said: "The FIA is trying to 'dumb down' Formula One."