Definition of downside in English:



  • The negative aspect of something otherwise regarded as good or desirable:

    ‘a magazine feature on the downside of fashion modelling’
    • ‘The only downside is that driving slowly is difficult and finding a gear to settle into sedate mode is a challenge.’
    • ‘Martin loves being captain, but it has its downsides, for example the mental toughness required and the massive responsibilities.’
    • ‘Unless you have the dubious pleasure of living right next door to an airport one of the biggest downsides of going on holiday is catching a flight at an ungodly hour of the day.’
    • ‘The downside is that my nights are rather troublesome, and I'm not getting a lot of rest from them.’
    • ‘One of the downsides, but something, which is not uncommon in most fitness centres I have reviewed, is the lack of willing floor staff to offer advice without prompting.’
    • ‘The main downsides included being unable to easily get items that we were used to at home, mainly good bread, cheese, wine, chocolate, beauty supplies and clothes.’
    • ‘In particular, why the euro continues to be weak and the not unconnected matter of what are the downsides for the US economy and its bullish looking near-term outlook.’
    • ‘There are, however, a few downsides to the show.’
    • ‘But even the downsides should not be interpreted as whingeing.’
    • ‘For eleven months a year we put up with all the downsides: too much traffic, too many people, restaurants behaving as though they are doing us a favour if they let us eat, too much noise, theatres sold out.’
    • ‘The downside is that if the feature makes a lot of money, very little of it will come back to Film Four.’
    • ‘Undoubtedly, there will be downsides to enlargement of the EU and the introduction of the new mechanisms that are being brought in on voting, etc to facilitate this.’
    • ‘Having a residential campus, however, has its downsides - like the campus food, which apparently was, and still is, less than appetizing.’
    • ‘Still, laser machining has its downsides and limitations.’
    • ‘As to the arts, one of the downsides is that it can wipe out the independent groupings and what you get instead is a grouping which is acceptable to the establishment or to those who wish to control society.’
    • ‘One of the downsides of having bachelorhood thrust upon one after a prolonged stretch of cohabitation is that one's living standards deteriorate remarkably quickly.’
    • ‘Having said this, there are some real downsides.’
    • ‘He was a cyborg but without the downsides like flaws in programming.’
    • ‘Most proposals have downsides equal to their upsides.’
    • ‘There are potential downsides to this, however.’
    snag, drawback, disadvantage, stumbling block, catch, pitfall, fly in the ointment
    handicap, limitation, trouble, difficulty, problem, complication, liability, nuisance
    hindrance, obstacle, impediment
    weak point, weak spot, weakness, flaw, defect, fault
    minus, flip side, hiccup
    spanner in the works
    monkey wrench in the works
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