drive down

drive down

1. To drive to a place farther 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. There's no magic pill that will drive your cholesterol down.
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!
"Drive down the Brompton Road," he said to the man.
and M.P., was in the act of stepping into his carriage to drive down to the House, when he was intercepted by a message.
Putting more renewable energy on the grid will also drive down the cost of power for Victorians delivering savings of around $32 a year for households, $3,100 a year for medium businesses and $150,000 each year for large companies.
Gatchalian, said the Senate Bill (SB) 1439, is 'an anti-red tape measure poised to drive down electricity costs and provide significant savings to power consumers by modernizing and streamlining the permitting process behind the construction of power plants.'
THE UK Government is determined to "drive down" tariffs on the sales of Scotch whisky overseas in the wake of Brexit.
AN embarrassed holidaymaker spent the night in his SUV after he tried to drive down a pier walkway at a beauty spot - and got stuck.
It is a hassle to drive down to the Al Ain exit, especially during rush hour, in order to take a double loop, and then drive down all the way to the entrance on the other side of Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road.
Mr Gruffydd said that a Plaid Cymru government, if elected in May, would drive down home energy bills by introducing the biggest retrofitting scheme Wales has ever seen, and establish a not-forprofit arms-length energy company to drive down market prices.
MANAMA: High oil prices fuelled by the escalating crisis in Iraq could help drive down Bahrain's national debt.
This also would drive down administrative costs for the benefit programs.
As a person who, because of poor health and mobility, is concerned about living on the low end of the financial scale, the opening of any competition in Slaithwaite to help drive down prices will be of great advantage to me and those like me.
PROPOSED CHANGES to the Employment Relations Act will drive down wages and conditions, according to two Wellington NZNO delegates.
My next annoyance was when I started to drive down Ormesby Bank and, low and behold, more roadworks, traffic lights and long tailbacks.