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Difference between Acquirement, Acquisition, Attainment and Accomplishment

Difference between Go down the river and Go up the river

go down the river

1. (coll.) slowly decay and fall to pieces through neglect:

  • “Mike’s car has gone down the river.” “I thought the champion was wealthy,” said Mr. Queen. “Not any more.”

2. (U.S. hist.) go into slavery:

  • Percy Driscoll slept well the night he saved his house-minions from going down the river.

go up the river—(sl.) be imprisoned:

  • Lager-beer had come up since I went up the river.