go down


go down
   1. to be killed
   Formerly, by hanging, when you had to go up1 first:
    The lasses and lads stood on the walls, crying 'Hughie the Graeme, thou'se ne're gae down.' (W. Scott, 1803)
   Now of being shot:
    All we're looking to do is pull the remains of the [SAS] team out before anyone else goes down. (Ryan, 1999)
   2. to go to prison
   See down. The usage may also refer to the descent to the cells from the dock:
    I often heard talk about criminals... If they got you, then you went down. (Simon, 1979)
   3. to crash
   Not just ceasing to be airborne:
    A plastic card in the seat pocket in front of me read: In case of an Emergency... 'Forget that, muffin. If we go down, we're history.' (Theroux, 1993)
   A plant crashing in the sea may be said to go in.

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