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build down

To decrease or lessen. That group encourages the government to build down on wasteful spending. Give the traffic some time to build down before you leave the office—otherwise, you'll just sit on the highway for an hour.
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build down

[for traffic] to reduce in volume or diminish. At about six, the going-home traffic begins to build down. When traffic builds down, I leave for home.
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build down

Reduce, diminish, as in Owing to increased vigilance, traffic in narcotics is finally building down. This term, the antonym of build up, came into use about 1980 with regard to reducing the stockpile of nuclear weapons and soon was applied more widely.
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The show's proud presenter Nick Knowles said: "We have done some brilliant builds down the years but this really is the end of the greatest project the DIY SOS team have carried out.
Copper is one of those metals that builds down in the food chain, not like mercury, which works the opposite way.