drive down

drive down

1. To drive to a place further south than one's current location. We're planning to drive down to Florida and thaw out from the Boston winter.
2. To drive someone or something to another location. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can used between "drive" and "down." I can't leave for the beach until Saturday—can you drive me down? Mom is going to drive all of that stuff down to campus next weekend.
3. To cause something to decrease quickly. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can used between "drive" and "down." That dilapidated old house has driven down house prices in our neighborhood.
See also: down, drive

drive someone down

(to some place) to transport someone to some place (as in town or away from home), or to a relatively lower place or to a place in the south. She drove herself down to the hospital. We have to drive Andrew down to school in the fall.
See also: down, drive

drive something down

(to some place) to transport a vehicle to a place by driving it there. I will drive the car down to the college and leave it there for you. I'll drive down the car and meet you. Do I have to drive the car down? Can't you fly up here and get it?
See also: down, drive

drive down

(to some place ) to go in a vehicle to a relatively lower place or to a place in the South. We are going to drive down to Houston for the weekend. We were going to fly to Florida, but it will be nice to drive down.
See also: down, drive

drive down

v.
1. To drive a vehicle downward, southward, or along some path: We drove down to Florida for winter break. They drove down the street in the van.
2. To drive some vehicle downward, southward, or along some path: My sister drove my car down to Florida. She drove the motorcycle down the road.
3. To cause something to decrease rapidly: The increase in supply drove down the costs. The ongoing war drove travel down.
See also: down, drive
References in classic literature ?
No more monkey-jackets and tarpaulins for me; I must mount a swallow-tail, and drive down a beaver; so.
Drive down your hat in presence of the Czar, and take it off to Queequeg
was in the act of stepping into his carriage to drive down to the House, when he was intercepted by a message.
It may be as you say," he continued, reverting to the purport of Heyward's last remark; "and the greater the reason why we should cut our steaks, and let the carcass drive down the stream, or we shall have the pack howling along the cliffs, begrudging every mouthful we swallow.
By Jove you can; and we'll drive down to the Star and Garter, and dine, by Jove.
Take my advice, and drive down to the station to report this matter to the police.
After that he will drive down to the bank and draw some of our money.
When they saw all this, my men begged me to let them first steal some cheeses, and make off with them to the ship; they would then return, drive down the lambs and kids, put them on board and sail away with them.
I'm almost sorry," she sighed, "because it would be so grand to drive down a real main street, sitting high up like this behind two splendid horses, with my pink sunshade up, and everybody in town wondering who the bunch of lilacs and the hair trunk belongs to.
The beaters--there were twenty-three of them, in white smocks--had but just driven the birds into a patch of gorse, and were now circling to the opposite side that they might drive down toward the guns.
I told the man to drive down to the Brooklyn ferry and to cross over.
And now you had better dress and drive down to the club.
Despite fears Wal-Mart Supercenters will drive down wages and drive out competition, the retail giant's planned invasion of Southern California would be a boon to consumers and create seven times as many jobs as it eliminates, according to a study by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.
PetersenDean Roofing and Solar announced today that it is set to roll out a new innovative solar mounting hardware that will improve curb side appeal, increase system output and drive down installation cost by as much as twenty percent.
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority has taken new steps in a bid to drive down fire risk and costs.