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grow down

To move downward through or into something over time. Typically said of roots. The roots of that tree better not be growing down into our sewer pipe!
See also: down, grow
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

grow down (into something)

[for roots] to penetrate downward as they grow. The young roots grew down into the rich soil. The roots grew down and drew up the precious water.
See also: down, grow
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Soon we could see the broken, grassy clay cliffs which indicated the windings of the stream, and the glittering tops of the cottonwoods and ash trees that grew down in the ravine.
He lay on a coral beach where the cocoanuts grew down to the mellow- sounding surf.
To-day, now, she had the word 'cotton' in a lesson and asked all about it, and I was ashamed to find I really knew so little that I could only say that it was a plant that grew down South in a kind of a pod, and was made into cloth.
As I flicked the lids off, ice grew down the inside of the bottle, turning the pale liquid into a solid foam of white that pushed itself up and out of the bottle neck like a volcano.
Krause had two hiccups right after making the turn - bogeys on 10 and 12 - before finishing with style as the gallery grew down the stretch.
'The injury did not bother him at the time, but a fine crack developed in the hoof, which grew down until, by January, there was complete separation of the two halves of the hoof.
The exception was children, with whom, as someone who essentially stayed a child all his life, Spike felt enormous empathy, telling one interviewer that 'I think I grew down to my children, rather than them growing up to me.'
Firmly established as the leader in the large HDD machine category, American Augers "grew down," so to speak, using the knowledge and experience gained from building large equipment to design and produce rugged, productive smaller HDD models.