no place to go but down


What is the meaning of 'go but down'? ㅜㅜ

After his Amazonian experiance, James abandoned his goal of becoming a naturalist -- one might say that there is no place to go but down for a naturalist after Amazon.(More than one-third of all species known on earth live in the Amazon.)
  • Enquiring Mind

    Senior Member
    English - the Queen's
    Hi kusaltk, this means that he could not achieve or aim for anything more spectacular, more exalted than the Amazon expedition. There was so much for a naturalist to discover in the Amazon that there is nowhere else he could go that would give him - as a naturalist - a better or more rewarding experience. When you're "at the top", the only way to go is down.

    There is no place / nowhere to go but (or "except") down.
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