drive down a/the/(something's) price

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drive down a/the/(something's) price

To cause the price of something to decrease. I'm worried that having that dilapidated old building right next door has driven down my house price.
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Owing to the density of the crowd of reposing whales, more immediately surrounding the embayed axis of the herd, no possible chance of escape was at present afforded us.
They had no idle thoughts, and no one without could see their work, for their industry was not as in knots and excrescences embayed.