a lot of good people are down

Gabriel Malheiros

Senior Member
Portuguese - Brazil
Hi, there

I was watching "The Middle" and a girl is trying out for something at school. Then she says:

"With the swine flu outbreak this year, a lot of good people are down"?

What does "down" mean? Ill?

Thank you
 
  • dojibear

    Senior Member
    English - Northeast US
    There is a standard expression people use about someone who is sick (sick enough to stay home and stay in bed):
    - He is down with a cold.
    - He is down with the flu.

    It is not normal to just say "down" the way the TV script does, but it probably means this. She has just mentioned the swine flu in the previous sentence. It would be normal to say that a lot of peope "were down with it".
     

    Myridon

    Senior Member
    English - US
    There is a standard expression people use about someone who is sick
    I agree with seteddy16. I don't think she's using language specific to illness. Unconscious boxers are also down. Football players who have been tackled are down.
     
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