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
was in the act of stepping into his carriage to drive down to the House, when he was intercepted by a message.
The Scottish Secretary said: "We are determined to open up new markets around the world for the very best whisky our distillers have to offer - and to drive down any tariffs they face.
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.
Speaking in this context, Stringer focuses on their application of 1,500 V inverters and adds that the company's manufacturing heritage, combined with the scale of installing 6 GW, has enabled First Solar to develop a manufacturing in the field concept to help drive down BoS costs.
ie uses buying in groups to drive down the cost of gas and electricity bills.
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.
When you drive down the road and see the witches hats at the roadworks, what do you see?
In the current economic circumstances, we have to drive down costs and create efficiency savings so we can continue to provide the essential services people rely on.
But the modest pace of growth suggests companies won&'t be ramping up hiring to quickly drive down unemployment, according to AP.
This would drive down costs and ensure only efficient hospitals provide care.
Summary: According to MPs, the Government have no idea if a programme to drive down chlamydia is having an effect.
The reduction of VAT on selling apartments from 18 to 5 percent is going to liven up the market and drive down prices of apartments in Skopje by 100-150 euros, building firms, members of the Federation of Economic Chambers, say.