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down the road

1. Literally, close to someone or something else that is located on the same road. Amy and I grew up down the road from each other and have been best friends since we were five years old. The mechanic's shop is right down the road—you can't miss it.
2. In the future. If you don't do your homework now, it'll be a problem down the road when you don't know the material for the exam. I do want to get married, but down the road, not any time soon.
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down the road

COMMON If you talk about something happening a particular number of years or months down the road, you are talking about it happening after that amount of time. Twenty-five years down the road from independence, we have to start making some new priorities. The index is designed to predict economic performance six to nine months down the road. We are concerned that any problems will only show up years down the road. Compare with down the line.
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down the road

in the future; later on. informal, chiefly North American
An Australian variant of this phrase is down the track .
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down the road

In the future; at a later date.
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down the road

In the future, as in “He’d love to buy another store, but that’s down the road a ways,” or “Her doctoral degree is about three years down the road.” This colloquialism dates from the second half of the 1900s.
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Down the road, he says, the VoIP effort could expand to cover as much as 80 or 90 percent of the campus.
He could always try to cut a deal down the road if the outlook turned truly bleak.
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But I walk down the road alone, Thinking of the day just gone, Alone I walk, down the street That no one and nothing is on.
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Darren Carley, 11, was wounded in the leg as the masked killer chased his victim down the road.
editors were a little farther down the road than with European editors.
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While stressing that their results represent the earliest stages of this work, Lyding sees potential applications down the road for the manufacture of transistors, computer chips, and electronic memory devices.
"It really looks as if Russia is moving down the road to ecological property rights," says Jim Sheehan, an environmental policy analyst with the Competitive Enterprise Institute.
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