1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.
“I wonder why I don’t because they are very, very sweet. Sometimes they’re just, fascinating and cute even though I know there is the down side.”
- Steve Martin, star of the new movie Cheaper by the Dozen, talking about not having any children of his own.
1. Definition - Study the definition.
disadvantage, drawback, negative aspect, bad side, con, disadvantageous aspect, shortcoming, unpleasant part
2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.
You can use “down side” to describe the negative part of anything. It can be used relative to a situation, an object, a relationship, or just about anything else you can think of. For example, if you decide to go to college in a city that’s far away from your home, you could say that you’re very excited about going to school, but that the “down side” is that you’ll be very far away from your family. Or, if you get a new MP3 player, you could say that you love the MP3 player, but the “down side” is that it doesn’t have a radio. About a person, you could say that you really enjoy your relationship, but the “down side” is that s/he never keeps your secrets.
1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.
””I decided that I’m going to spend the summer in Paris. It’s going to be really fun, but the down side is that I’m not going to see any of my friends for three months.”“
””The new TV my dad gave me is nice, but the down side is that it’s too big to fit in my cabinet. I’m going to have to buy a new cabinet just so I can put the TV on it.”“
””I really love Jason, but the down side our relationship is that he is very busy. He has a job and is in school, so he never has any time to spend with me.”“
””This sounds great! Don’t you think? I mean, what could be the down side of going to Stanford! I’m so excited!”“
1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.
con, negative aspect, disadvantageous side of some situation or thing
by Marcelo (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
a negative or rough side of something else. Ex: I’m normally a very co-operative boy but sometimes lose my temper and this is the downside of my personality.
by Asad (Karachi, Pakistan)
I guess it means shortcomings, disadvantage or drawbackbacks of something. For instance, the downside of this machine is it can’t record messages.
by Jack (Hong Kong, China)
Downside here means a disadvantageous aspect, the things that are not good. You can say an option with a downside as well as benefits.
by Sherry (ShenZhen, China)
The down side is the less positive or unpleasant aspect.
by Cecile (Taipei, R.O.C)
down side is the negative side of a situation
by mariam (Tunis, Tunisia)
i think down side means the negative aspect of something
by IVY (Penang, Malaysia)
I think “down side” is a bad thing, a dark side. For exemple everyone can be good, but sometimes we do bad things because we have a down side, a bad side.
by João (Sorocaba, Brazil)
negative aspects, the other side of the coin, hidden face
by JP (Bhilai, India)
“down side” the dark/bad side of something.
by Dana (Dubai, UAE)
The negative part or disadvantage of something.
by Kristina (Glendale, USA)
disadvantage, the part which let him not feel comfortable
by xiang (Shanghai, China)
I guess “down side“may be the bad facet of a certain thing. Could someone tell me whether the good facet could be called “up side”?
by sandy (Zhenjiang, China)
something bad or shortcoming
by Gang (Shenzhen, China)
i think that down side means the disadvantages of something.
by esma (Konya, Turkey)
“down side” mentions the shortcoming that can be revealed later.
by Pink (Hanoi, Vietnam)
Down side means that things can also have something that is not so good
by Eloisa (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
the down side means the bad side or weakness, or nasty habit
by Yunie (Surabaya, Indonesia)
by siriporn (Bangkok, Thailand)
something bad (feeling or whatever)
by conan (Beijing, China)
by linda (Saitama, Japan)
Down side means the bad part that ones has to take on.
by Jodie (Taipei, Taiwan)
I guess that “down side” means bad effect or negative result . It may mean the result giving bad points to you.
by Chompounoot (Bkk, Thailand)