One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
At a disadvantage in a game or a competitive situation.‘a one-down position’
- ‘The classic example is ‘men don't ask for directions’; to do so frames them as one-down, a person needing help, and the direction-giver as one-up, a person with superior knowledge.’
- ‘Torrance clearly believes in Potter's First Law of Gamesmanship: if you are not one-up, then you are one-down.’
- ‘England have for years started one-down whenever the opponents were Australia, no matter what the sport.’
- ‘This was his first Test in over a year, and his 15th at the problematic one-down position.’
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