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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?
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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.
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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 ?
The flickering light was blinding and confusing, and a thin hail smote gustily at my face as I drove down the slope.
This he presently returned with no less violence, aiming likewise at the parson's breast; but he dexterously drove down the fist of Jones, so that it reached only his belly, where two pounds of beef and as many of pudding were then deposited, and whence consequently no hollow sound could proceed.
That newspaper man, for instance, met me at the station and stuck to me like a leech; drove down here with me, and was willing to stand all the liquor I could drink.
I went out, started my car, and drove down the lane.
Great was the satisfaction of our little party as we first drove down through the streets of this capital of Europe--the centre of fashion and the abode of elegance.
George's Hospital wore red jackets still; where there were oil-lamps; where Achilles was not yet born; nor the Pimlico arch raised; nor the hideous equestrian monster which pervades it and the neighbourhood; and so they drove down by Brompton to a certain chapel near the Fulham Road there.
Perhaps the picture made by Saxon and Billy was equally arresting and beautiful, as they drove down through the golden end of day.
Three minutes later, the Rockets had the ball back and drove down to the Blue Streak's 4-yard line facing second and one, but they fumbled out of the end zone on their next play, which gave Woodstock the ball back on their own 20-yard line.
A man battered a cabbie as he drove down a motorway at top speed, it is claimed.
The Dubai Police had to call in a crane to remove a car from a tramway track after its driver drove down the track early on Sunday.
A SPEEDING maniac who drove down a golf course fairway to try to escape from police was jailed for six months yesterday.
The speed at which the fires were spreading meant the road they subsequently drove down to return to Vyksa was in parts already engulfed in smoke and flames.
Liverpool council drove down insurance costs by 10% by encouraging schools to manage risks better.
SPRINGFIELD - A Eugene woman and her two young passengers escaped injury Monday afternoon when part of the trunk from a large rotten tree broke off and landed on the roof of their car as she drove down a street in Springfield.
I drove down the lane, just off the A631 Wakefield Road, around lunchtime yesterday and saw several cars parked in lay-bys with lone men at the wheel.