Down the block


Does ‘Down the block’ mean somewhere near or around here?

A “block” is a building or group of buildings that occupies the space between adjacent roads. “down the block” would mean a short distance away, within the same block.

Thank you Dozy; so we don’t necessarily define the direction where the place is. When we say, “the laundromat is down the block” we just mean it’s somewher pretty near. Is it coorrect?

“down” used in this sense means something like “along”, with no indication of direction (beyond that fact that, in this case, we know it is on the same block). It’s similar to “down the road”, for example, which could mean either direction (unless there is a noticeable change in gradient, in which case it would mean in the downhill direction).