Meaning 1 ►▼
A team makes a first down if it moves ten yards towards the opponents goal post. The team has four chances or downs to do this.
The fullback made it look easy to get first downs for his team.
Meaning 2 ►▼
to have accomplished an objective on the way to a goal
We have a first down . Everyone work hard and maybe we'll get the contract. The surgeon said, " Frst down and ten to go . We got the tumor. Now we need some chemotherapy."