put (someone) down
Definition: to criticise someone and make them seem unimportant and foolish.
(This phrasal verb has more than one meaning)
E.g.1: I don’t think their marriage will last long – he’s always putting her down.
E.g.2: She’s not very nice; she finds it much easier to put people down than to praise them.
This phrasal verb can be separated.(E.g.1 and 2)