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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.
Liverpool council drove down insurance costs by 10% by encouraging schools to manage risks better.
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.
It drove off down the A1 to Tritlington, near Morpeth, on to Longhirst then drove down the railway line for 20m before stopping.
And there's another 7-Eleven,'' Carlson, the neighborhood councilman, said as he drove down Vanowen Street, not far from the West Valley Community Police Station.
However, the company said such an investment was "never an option" and revealed yesterday that LG Philips LCD Co, the world's second largest maker of LCDs, had posted its first quarterly loss in two years after an industry glut drove down prices.
THUGS smashed a car window after pelting stones at a motorist as she drove down a Warwickshire street.
My wife and son drove down Wednesday and we went to the premiere of the new documentary ``Flipped Out'' on Thursday at the House of Blues.
PANORAMA CITY - A 32-year-old man was shot to death late Monday by a pair of gunmen who opened fire on him as he drove down an alley.