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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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 American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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this morning dousing the building down and awaiting the arrival of investigators.
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Regarding the Co-op building, Python Properties owner Martin Johnson is quoted as saying, "...sometimes it is all too easy to knock a building down and build new, but with this approach we lose part of the town's heritage".
SPENCER - Workers who were razing the 125-year-old Kane's Block on Mechanic Street planned to have the building down in two days.
With more than 20 years in the demolition business, Preston and Tony Tutt, the brothers in charge of demolition services for Grovetown, Ga.-based J&B Construction and Services Inc., know the ins and outs of taking a building down. Both are experienced crane and wrecking ball operators--a skill that is becoming increasingly hard to find in the industry.
"If you were to walk through the building today, you 'would see a considerable amount of the demolition, which is important and involves reducing the building down to studs in the vast majority of areas," says Michael Power, vice-president of Regional Cancer and Diagnostic Services at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC).
Gumbiner recalls the days when some jobs would require 80 torch operators to complement the crane, just to get the building down. "Now you might only see 10 on the job, so the excavator makes it safer," he says.
After the new space opens, the original building down the block will close for nine months for extensive renovation to its theater.
(It was never clear whether Riedel considered this "art," but in any case the activities finally came to a close this past summer, when the city decided to tear the building down.)
A gang of men in a busy town were tearing a building down. With a yo-heave-ho and a lusty yell they swung a beam and a side wall fell.
The NYPD shut the building down due to some fire code conflicts, which was bad news for several hundred fans that were in line still waiting to get in.
The premises were badly damaged in a series of recent arson attacks and its owner issued a statement on Friday saying his insurers were going to withdraw public liability insurance cover, leaving no alternative but to bring the building down.
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