Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(not) go down well with

go down well withnot go down well with
1) be well received by someone or a group of people
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    • the speech did not go down well with the audience
  • Analysis

    If something 'goes down well' it suggests that it was met by approval or that others reacted to it in a positive way. A speech or talk can 'go down well' if it was a success and even a meal can 'go down well'. If something 'doesn't go down well', it is met with disapproval or a negative reaction from others. This is an informal expression.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. The news that the car needs of a lot of repair work will not go down well with Steven. He's struggling to make ends meet as it is.
    2. I tried a new recipe for dinner and it seemed to go down well with everyone.
    3. Grahams behaviour at the party didn't go down well with his girlfriend. He's in trouble now!
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. The suggestion I made in the meeting did not go down well with my manager. She was clearly annoyed with me!
    2. My speech at the conference went down very well with the audience. They gave me a standing ovation at the end of it.
    3. The presentation went down well, now we need to follow it up with a personal touch
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