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slope down

1. To slant toward or recede from something at a downward angle. The field slopes down from the mansion at the top, forming something of shallow basin below. The driveway slopes down to the main road at a sharp angle, so you've got to be careful to always have your handbrake on when you park your car out there.
2. To cause or construct something to slant toward or recede from something at a downward angle. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "slope" and "down." Tell the landscapers to slope the grass down to the road to help rainwater naturally drain off into the gutters. Whoever built this bookshelf obviously wasn't paying attention, because they sloped all the shelves slope down from the back of it, so things keep rolling off and breaking on the ground!
See also: down, slope

slope down (to something or some place)

to slant downward toward something or some place from a higher level. The wide white beach sloped down to the azure water. The yard sloped down, making a lovely view from the living room.
See also: down, slope
References in classic literature ?
A false step would have been dangerous on the narrow passes sloping down to the sides of the gulfs; but I walked with firm step, without feeling any giddiness.
Its general shape was that of a shallow funnel, all the sides sloping down to a considerable lake in the center.
On Shudehill it would stand at 13 storeys, sloping down to eight storeys in the middle and four at the Northern Quarter end.
Describe the gardens and outside space: "The gardens to the rear are simply stunning, laid mainly to lawn, gently sloping down to the river.
Both Iron ore and coal have noted an improvement compared to where they stood in early February while iron ore inventories at China's main ports are reported to be sloping down to 96 million dry tonnes with increased momentum".
The 11-acre woodland glade which makes up Moseley Park once again proved an ideal setting for the event with the ground sloping down to a natural amphitheatre in front of the stunning lake.
The multi-purpose dispenser is 274mm wide x 236mm deep and the back height is 344mm sloping down to 289mm at the front.
In the rear garden there is a good-sized patio and a lawn sloping down to Finham Brook.
It's not very much of a meadow - an acre of grass (just mown) sloping down to a trickle of a stream half choked with meadowsweet and water mint and hemmed in by hedgerows of hawthorn, hazel and blackthorn.
Today's photograph, above, shows symettrical rows of terrace houses and the six chimneys of Dunston Power Station providing a sharp contrast to the fields sloping down to the south bank of the Tyne.
This lot includes 11 acres of grazable woodland sloping down to the river, with the fishing rights of 367 yards of the southern bank of the River Gwyrfai.
The latest storms had been matched only by the seas which had battered the seafront over the Christmas period, ripping iron railings from the seawall, and tearing tons of soil from gardens sloping down to the promenade.
While on one side the house looks out across acres of open land sloping down to a duck-pond, the property is dotted around the driveway side with outbuildings, including a splendid thatched and beamed office for Philippe and a greenhouse-conservatory where Liz works on her watercolours.
A rectangular artificial cavern, a hall for a Finnish mountain king, has been carved out of the hill with raw rock walls sloping down to an ample stage.
Additionally, streets in the country (as well as in town) are crowned in the center, sloping down to the curb or edge on either side.