Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

down to (you)

down todown to you
Meaning(s)
1) be responsible for something or make a decision about it
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    • the decision/failure is down to you
  • Analysis

    The expression 'it's down to you' means that a decision or responsibility belongs to the person you are talking to. Similar in meaning to 'it's up to you'.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. All I can do is offer you advice, it's entirely down to you whether you decide to take it or not.
    2. Everyone else is sick or injured so it's down to you to play in the match on Sunday.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. As head of recruitment, it's down to me to find a suitable candidate for the vacant role.
    2. All the problems we're having with the client are down to you! You should never have been so rude to him.
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