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go down well/badly: meaning and explanation

When you want to talk about how people reacted to something (e.g. some news, a joke, a meal), we can use the phrasal verb to go down well/badly. e.g. I made an inappropriate joke during the speech and it didn’t go down very well.

If we say that some news went down badly, we are saying that people reacted badly to the news.

Dictation #1

Accent: North America

I about my university . It went than I .
I my parents about my to quit university night. It went better than I thought would.

…I told my parents about my decision to quit university…

When someone quits university, school or a course, we can also use the phrasal verb to drop out of something.

In this example, the sentence would be: I told my parents about my decision to drop out of university last night.

Discussion questions

Write your answers to these questions in the comments section, and I’ll get back to you with some feedback:

  • Can you remember a time when you told someone something, and it went down really badly?
  • Using this phrasal verb, give me an example of something you cooked for someone which was a great success/a big failure.

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My husband loves wearing beautiful and costly shirts. One of them needed be let down in the cuffs, so I try to do it on my own but unwittingly I messed it up. I was in a real fix. So, I bent over backwards to fix it, but I couldn’t. Then, I let a few days pass by to think of how I could tell him without his becoming angry. Until one day he asked me about that shirt, I told him everything. Fortunately, it didn’t go down as badly as I thought it would. Quite a relief. The other… Read more »


Well, I’m not a cooking lover, so I don’t have many experiences at the kitchen, but once I made a salt pie, and instead of sprinkle oregano on it, I put anise. The taste was weird, but it went down better than I thought it would

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