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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?
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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.
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However, if you set up the report with drill-down functionality, all you need to do is double-click on an account name, such as Travel in cell B10, and the software automatically drills down to reveal the underlying detail of the expenses in row 10, as shown in exhibit 2.