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Definition of go down phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


go down

 phrasal verb
phrasal verb
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Phrasal Verbs
  1. 1to fall to the ground She tripped and went down with a thump.
  2. 2if a ship, etc. goes down, it disappears below the water synonym sink
  3. 3when the sun or moon goes down, it disappears below the horizon synonym set
  4. 4if food or drink will/will not go down, it is easy/difficult to swallow She tried to swallow the medicine but it wouldn't go down.
  5. 5if the price of something, the temperature, etc. goes down, it becomes lower synonym fall The price of oil is going down. Oil is going down in price. opposite go up
  6. 6(informal) to get worse in quality The neighborhood has gone down a lot recently.
  7. 7(computing) to stop working temporarily The system is going down in ten minutes.
  8. 8(informal) to happen You really don't know what's going down?

go down (in something)

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to be written in something; to be recorded or remembered in something It all goes down (= she writes it all) in her notebook. He will go down in history as a great statesman.

go down (to somebody)

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to be defeated by someone, especially in a game or competition Italy went down to Brazil by three goals to one.

go down (to…)

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to go from one place to another, especially somewhere nearby or further south She went down to Florida to see her parents. opposite go up (to…)

go down (with somebody)

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to be received in a particular way by someone The suggestion didn't go down very well with her boss.
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