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[doun-sahyd] /ˈdaʊnˌsaɪd/
the lower side or part.
a downward trend, especially in stock prices.
a discouraging or negative aspect.
of or involving a decline, especially in stock prices:
The downside risk on this stock is considered far greater than the potential for gain.
Origin of downside
First recorded in 1675-85; down1 + side1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Jacob arrived in the evening at downside with a basket of shells.

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  • As he had missed meeting the lawyer at downside, he must ride over to Morbury to him.

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  • “Listen,” he exclaimed, trying to force her back from downside.

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  • They set out, and Harry went to order his horse to ride to downside.

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  • The day was now drawing on, and Harry began to think of returning to downside.

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British Dictionary definitions for downside


the disadvantageous aspect of a situation: the downside of twentieth-century living
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for downside

1680s, "underside," from down (adv.) + side. Meaning "drawback, negative aspect" is attested by 1995.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for downside



The depressing or deflating aspect of something; the bad news: the more ability and ambition you need to survive the ''down-side'' of this evolutionary process/ It sounds a little too perfect. What's the downside?/ Developments of the past decades have surely had their down side (1980s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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