down to jet lag

amby

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chinese
Is down to jet lag an idiom? I also found ' down with jeg lag'? What is the meaning and which one is correct?

Sharon's tired appearance could have been down to jet lag, after she arrived at Heathrow on flight from Los Angeles on Monday.
 
  • Egmont

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    I'm sure this is an error. It could be:

    (a) "Sharon's tired appearance could have been due to jet lag, after she ..." (jet lag might have been the reason for it)
    (b) "Sharon's tired appearance could have been put down to jet lag, after she ..." (others could have said that was the reason)
    (c) Something else.
     

    Copyright

    Senior Member
    American English
    Down to jet lag is not an idiom, but you'll want to know about "down to":

    WR dictionary: be down to: be down to
    • 1 be attributable to (a factor).
    • ■ be the responsibility of.

    So you have:
    Sharon's tired appearance could be attributed to jet lag ...

    Sharon's tired appearance could be attributed to illness ...
    Sharon's tired appearance could be attributed to the 24 hours she had just put in at the hospital ...
     
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