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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 ?
That night another wounded man was driven down the Povarskaya, and Mavra Kuzminichna, who was standing at the gate, had him brought into the Rostovs' yard.
I'm driven down here by the cold; not either to amuse you or enjoy your society.
The birds had been driven down into this corner the day before by some shooting-party; and while those that had dropped dead under the shot, or had died before nightfall, had been searched for and carried off, many badly wounded birds had escaped and hidden themselves away, or risen among the thick boughs, where they had maintained their position till they grew weaker with loss of blood in the night-time, when they had fallen one by one as she had heard them.
It is also obvious that if the supply outweighs the demand then prices (wages) are driven down and job vacancies are reduced.
Speculation has driven down the share prices of Royal Bank of Scotland (LSE: RBS).
A MAN and a woman have been charged after a vehicle was driven down the East Coast Main Line in Northumberland.
ARMED police officers today shot dead a man on a busy main road after being called in after reports that a van was being driven down a carriageway in the wrong direction.
Furthermore, this case has cost investors clearly as the European Commission's actions have driven down stock portfolios on both sides of the Atlantic.
Ethernet-based products are ubiquitous, with a cost-per-port that is constantly been driven down by the economies of scale of the market per year.
Similar orchestrated attacks continued during the spring of 2004 by which time Biovail's stock had been driven down over 50%, its business reputation devastated, its ability to access capital markets severely curtailed, its ability to do business substantially impaired, and hundreds of its employees laid off.
Armed police officers today shot dead a man on a busy main road after being called in following reports that a van was being driven down the carriageway in the wrong direction.
NYSE:CMI) has driven down costs, improved the quality of its products and beefed up customer service by using Six Sigma quality improvement tools over the past five years.
While this will ensure continued demand for AlGaAs devices, ASPs will continue to be driven down.
These technologies have reduced implementation time by 20 per cent, increased user productivity on key tasks by 30 per cent, driven down steps to apply updates and maintenance by 80 per cent, and reduced time to resolve support incidents by 44 per cent.
These technologies have reduced implementation time by 20 percent, increased user productivity on key tasks by 30 percent, driven down steps to apply updates and maintenance by 80 percent, and reduced time to resolve support incidents by 44 percent.