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drill down

1. To bore a hole down into something; to drill in a downward direction. Unfortunately, we need to drill down into the ground to try to find the burst pipe.
2. To examine or study something in detail. OK, how can I drill down and get more information on each payee on this spreadsheet?
See also: down, drill

drill down (to something)

to bore downward to something or some distance. We drilled down to a layer of waterbearing sand, hoping to make a well. They had to drill down to bedrock to make a base for the piers that hold the building up.
See also: down, drill
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By drilling down through inquiry screens, users can quickly and accurately access all pertinent information related to a specific production order.
Previous drilling at La Victoria had defined a geological resource of 626,000 ounces of gold based on drilling down dip 150 meters and along a strike length of 500 meters.
With very little training, our users quickly become proficient at drilling down to find the information they need to make effective business decisions.
An unexpected variance can be investigated by drilling down to see, first, which subsidiary was responsible, then which business unit, and, finally, what the cause was within that particular business unit.
Another new enhancement is the Transaction Drill Down that allows users to find the origins of any number in the spreadsheet by drilling down or zooming in to the original transaction.