Two Down, One To Go


What does the phrase ‘two down, one to go‘ mean? It means that two things have been completed and there is one more thing left to do.

Example: It has been a busy day. I wrote down three errands I wanted to complete today and I have done two of them thus far. So two down, one to go; I’m almost finished!

Note: The numbers ‘two’ and ‘one’ in this phrase can be switched out with other numbers. (e.g., We planted another flower, so seven down and three to go.

Synonyms / Related Phrases:
The phrase two down, one to go, putting in golf.
Two holes down, one more to go.

The Origin Of ‘Two Down, One To Go’

This phrase may come from sports. Why? Well, because the earliest appearances of this phrase (that I could find) it’s always used within the context of sports.

I guess I can see how this phrase is applicable to some sports. For example, in baseball, if a batter gets three strikes, they are out. So if a batter has two strikes, I can picture the commentators saying something like “two down, one to go before he strikes out.” Moreover, if the defensive team manages to get three offensive players out, then the teams switch places. Hence, the commentators might say the offensive team has two players down, and they have one more to go.

Anyway, let’s look at an example of this expression used in relation to baseball. This example comes from the Olean Evening Herald, June 1922, where a recap of a recent game was given:

“The visiting Stars again tied the score in the seventh with two down and one to go.”

Here is an example of this phrase used in golf This comes from the Des Moines Daily News, June 1919:

“In defeating Walker Jr., youthful star from Staten Island was pushed to the utmost reaching the final hole of the day with the youngster two down, one hole to go.”

Example Sentence(s)

  • I’m attempting to go three weeks without eating any fast food. So far, my progress is two down and one more to go.

Tip: Hey, if you are done reading about this saying, well, that’s one down and hundreds more to go! Okay, you don’t have to read about all of the common phrases on here, but there are lots to explore. So if you’re interested, use the menu at the top to find the phrase’s list.

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