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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.
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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 ?
We looked so much alike that people noticed it when we went out; so we shook the streets that Morgan's cab drives down, and took to climbing the piles of last December's snow on the streets where cheap people live.
Their next business is from herbs, minerals, gums, oils, shells, salts, juices, seaweed, excrements, barks of trees, serpents, toads, frogs, spiders, dead men's flesh and bones, birds, beasts, and fishes, to form a composition, for smell and taste, the most abominable, nauseous, and detestable, they can possibly contrive, which the stomach immediately rejects with loathing, and this they call a vomit; or else, from the same store-house, with some other poisonous additions, they command us to take in at the orifice above or below (just as the physician then happens to be disposed) a medicine equally annoying and disgustful to the bowels; which, relaxing the belly, drives down all before it; and this they call a purge, or a clyster.
Global Banking News-January 2, 2015--Speculation drives down RBS share prices
And, once again, it's stealing and borrowing from industry repeatedly that drives down the cost of doing business, which drives down the personnel requirement.
Effective automation drives down cost, improves service levels by reducing intervention, and makes interaction with IT
"This partnership significantly drives down the typical product cost and enhances the ability of multimedia developers to easily create striking, real-time 3D presentations," said Stephen Collins, president and CEO of Anark.
experience shows that it is making guns more available that drives down crime.
The problem with a bold techno-growth prediction, however, is that it blooms across all financial radar screens and tends to attract big, well-funded competitors who cross industry borders to flood the market with exponentially improving product that drives down prices, dries up future profits, and pushes down stock prices.
The fluctuations arise, explains Huisman, because when a species that excels at garnering one resource gains an upper hand, its burgeoning population drives down availability of another nutrient that it needs.
This is the institution that drives down the living standards of the majority of the people in these countries.
But when the CEO accepts quality as his goal, he will find that quality drives productivity, which drives down cost, and the byproduct becomes profit."
When drives are "idle" the library, which runs on a mere 1,000 Watts, spins drives down. Drives have a 50K power cycle rating and spin up in 8 seconds from cold start.
And, since the cost of using and distributing information is lower than traditional methods, HotFoot drives down costs while increasing productivity."