Definition of go down in English:

go down

phrasal verb

  • 1(of a ship or aircraft) sink or crash.

    ‘he saw eleven B-17s go down’
    • ‘Mr Lightoller, second officer on board the stricken liner, was one of the last people to be rescued after the ship went down.’
    • ‘The aircraft, described in the Nevada press as a ‘Flying Fortress,’ had gone down on 21 July 1948 during an atmospheric sampling test.’
    • ‘It is thought that the aircraft went down in the vicinity of Camden Ray which is west of Kaktovik, Alaska.’
    • ‘This feature not only made communication between the crew members difficult, but also proved hazardous if the aircraft went down.’
    • ‘The crew abandoned ship and she went down, her back broken.’
    • ‘In the past 30 years, hundreds of ships have gone down in mysterious circumstances, taking all hands with them.’
    • ‘Ever since Oceanic Air flight 815 went down on a remote Pacific island, I have been agonising over some very important questions.’
    • ‘Two Britons were forced to take to a liferaft after their helicopter went down in the sea between Chile and north-west Antarctica.’
    • ‘One Squadron aircraft was seen to go down in flames, exploding in woods.’
    • ‘As the task force once again pounded Truk, more Navy aircraft went down.’
    sink, be submerged, founder, go under
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    1. 1.1 Be defeated in a contest.
      ‘they went down 2–1’
      • ‘They eventually went down 30-24 but could well have snatched it if the game had gone on for a couple more minutes.’
      • ‘His team went down to a depressing defeat, but Celtic manager Martin O'Neill should be congratulated for his behaviour in the aftermath of the event.’
      • ‘Farnworth finally went down to their first defeat of the season on Saturday - beaten by the side that looks set to provide them with the strongest title challenge.’
      • ‘Then, Enfield hosted Nelson as leaders, but went down to a defeat which allowed the Seedhill side to take over at the top, where they've resided since.’
      • ‘It was bitter disappointment for the New York lads as the team went down to their heaviest defeat in history.’
      • ‘Walter Mondale had a similar idea, and he went down in a landslide defeat at the hands of the last Republican president to be re-elected.’
      • ‘His best effort yet came at Roland Garros in June, but he went down to a surprise defeat to outsider Martin Verkerk in the semi-finals.’
      • ‘York Groves restored some pride against local rivals Wetherby Bulldogs albeit in defeat as they went down 20-12.’
      • ‘Woodstown FC were beaten by Bolton on Saturday last but the locals put up a fine show, eventually going down 3-2.’
      • ‘Martin Van Buren went down to defeat in 1840 when he ran for re-election.’
      lose, be beaten, be defeated, suffer defeat, be vanquished, collapse, come to grief
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  • 2Be recorded or remembered in a particular way.

    ‘his name will go down in history’
    • ‘For extremes of temperature and conditions the summer drought of 1976 and the winter freeze of 1978 will go down as two of the worst on record.’
    • ‘This year will go down as the worst on record for forest fires in Portugal.’
    • ‘I suspect it will be the only reason why this novel might go down in literary history.’
    • ‘Politicians moaned that 2005 could go down as the most boring election on record.’
    • ‘He is a chancellor of genius: he may go down as the greatest.’
    • ‘If he can do what the Japanese economy needs, he will go down as a great prime minister.’
    • ‘It will go down in history and our children's children will remember these departed colleagues of ours.’
    • ‘The recent Bangalore Test will certainly go down as one of the matches remembered for the poor decisions handed out by the neutral umpires.’
    • ‘This year's hurricane season will go down as one of the worst on record.’
    • ‘I would say that he will go down as one of the most significant political diplomatic figures of the past 50 years, as well as being a great spiritual leader.’
    • ‘The seven wins, six losses record won't go down as a great tour and there is no doubt Sir Clive will expect a much better return.’
    be remembered, be recorded, be commemorated, be immortalized
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  • 3Be swallowed.

    ‘solids can sometimes go down much easier than liquids’
    • ‘They were made with tequila and vodka, served with whipped cream and went down oh, so easy.’
    • ‘She didn't want to swallow at first but it went down soon enough along with the third and final pill, this time without a hitch.’
    • ‘He quickly chewed and swallowed hard, thumping his chest to make sure it went down the right way.’
    • ‘Sour Patch Kids are a tasty treat and even those idiotic Warhead sour candies go down with barely a pucker, but this candy made me gag.’
    • ‘This was one of the hardest lessons in life Matt had ever swallowed, and it wasn't going down easily, it made him sick.’
    • ‘It takes several swallows of his dry throat for them go down.’
    • ‘I squeezed my eyes shut, attempting to swallow the pain, but if it was going to go down, it seemed it was going to just burn my taste buds on the way.’
    • ‘The next few sips went down easier, and then she was drinking it as fast as she could.’
    • ‘He nodded and took more bread. This time, it went down easily.’
    • ‘She swallowed her protests, but they burned as they went down, making her want to gag.’
  • 4Elicit a specified reaction.

    ‘my slide shows went down reasonably well’
    • ‘However, his social conservatism went down well.’
    • ‘For some inexplicable reason, my improvised soundtracks don't go down well.’
    • ‘This year's incoming movies went down well, of course, but the best reaction was reserved for his sequels.’
    • ‘Reactions filter through - the show has gone down seriously well, better than we anticipated.’
    • ‘It went down reasonably well and people laughed at the appropriate moments thank God.’
    • ‘Right now, I could just go straight back to bed, but that would not go down too well with the boss (as reasonable as she is).’
    • ‘Anna Maria Tydings had the honour of getting the entertainment programme up and running and her unique version of The Village of Asdee went down a treat with everyone.’
    • ‘This went down well with the school and with the teacher associations generally.’
    • ‘The reason is an unshakeable confidence that it will go down well with large numbers of voters.’
    • ‘It is a varied and interesting display of images, which judging by reaction from visitors to date is going down well with them.’
    be successful, be a success, achieve success, triumph, make an impression, have an impact, get an enthusiastic reception
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  • 5North American informal Happen.

    ‘you really don't know what's going down?’
    • ‘Why is it that every time something goes down the Americans immediately send people over to try to work things out?’
    • ‘That all went down just a few weeks ago - if we're lucky, Montreal audiences should get a taste of the posthumous collaboration at their upcoming show.’
    • ‘I worry about him everyday since I heard that something went down over at the Prison.’
    • ‘And that was essentially how it went down for forty-five minutes.’
    • ‘If, on the other hand, you simply want to know what went down with a load of noisy gays over the weekend, you'll find the Mardi Gras coverage archived here.’
    • ‘You saw what went down in the courtroom today, her statement to the judge as well as her statement on the courthouse steps, apparently a vast difference.’
  • 6British informal Leave a university, especially Oxford or Cambridge, after finishing one's studies.

    • ‘After he went down from Cambridge, RVW retained friendly links with this group.’
  • 7British informal Be sent to prison.