I have a question about the usage of the phrase "go down".

According to this dictionary definition for go down (3a+b), I could use "go down" like this:

The swelling went down.
His fever went down.

But, on google searches, I also found this:

The pain went down.

But dictionary examples similar to "the pain went down" cannot be found. So, is "the pain went down" poor usage?

2 Answers 2


Dictionary examples are not going to be able to include all usages.

However, to my native American English year, it's understandable but I wouldn't use it. A related possibility would be:

The level of pain went down.


The pain lessened.


The pain decreased.


In this usage, to go down exactly means to decrease. It's perfectly acceptable usage.

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