I saw this in a movie (Joe Swanberg's Happy Christmas).

"How long has he been sleeping for?"

"He went down right at 1:00"

I have never heard the phrase used like this, and can't find this meaning in dictionaries.

Is this usage common?

  • It's not common, but I've heard it before. Again, it is not very common and would be an idiom. – Nick Nov 23 '17 at 5:54
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    What movie? Who was "he"? This might have been used when a baby or toddler takes a nap. "She put the baby down for a nap." – user3169 Nov 23 '17 at 5:58
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    @user3169 It's Joe Swanberg's Happy Christmas en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Happy_Christmas_(film) Since the dialogue was completely improvised, I assume it's closer to everyday speech? And you are right on the mark! They are talking about a baby. – Eddie Kal Nov 23 '17 at 6:28
  • What @user3169 said. I would not say this when referring to my teenager, but I would use the expression for a baby or toddler. I think it’s generally used when the person sleeping is young enough to be told when to go to sleep, or go down for a nap. – J.R. Nov 23 '17 at 10:39
  • Yes, only used for a baby. I should have said that earlier. – Nick Nov 24 '17 at 1:40

You have to be kind of careful when using down. When putting a baby to sleep, one might say

I put him/her down an hour ago.

on the other hand, to say

I put the dog down.

means the dog has been euthanized.

For people

go down

usually is understood to mean some form of oral sex.
This is a situation where surrounding context is very important.

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