climb up, climb down

   Climb down, as purists sometimes point out, is a patent contradiction. But there you are. Idiom has embraced it, as it has many other patent absurdities, and there is no gainsaying it now. Climb up, in contrast, is always redundant when climb is used transitively, which is to say most of the time. An exceptional intransitive use of climb would be "After each descent, we rested for a while before climbing up again." But in a sentence such as "He climbed up the ladder," the up does nothing but take up space.
   See also phrasal verbs and up.

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  • climb-down — n [C usually singular] BrE an occasion when you admit that you were wrong ▪ a humiliating climb down by the government …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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  • climb|down — «KLYM DOWN», noun. the abandonment of a high position taken on some point or question when it has been found untenable or unacceptable …   Useful english dictionary

  • climb down — index alight Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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  • climb down — verb come down (Freq. 3) the birds alighted • Syn: ↑alight • Hypernyms: ↑descend, ↑fall, ↑go down, ↑come down • …   Useful english dictionary

  • climb down — v. 1) (D; intr.) to climb down from (to climb down from a tree) 2) (BE) (D; intr.) ( to retreat ) to climb down from (to climb down from an untenable position) * * * [ klaɪm daʊn] (D; intr.) to climb down from (to climb down from a tree) (BE) (D; …   Combinatory dictionary

  • climb-down — noun a retraction of a previously held position • Syn: ↑withdrawal, ↑backdown • Derivationally related forms: ↑back down (for: ↑backdown), ↑withdraw (for: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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