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draw something down
(or draw down)

Definition of draw something down in English:

1Reduce the size of a military force in an area: more had to be done before the US could begin to draw down its forces in any significant number we need to start letting them stand on their own feet, and that isn’t going to happen until we start drawing down
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  • As the United States military involvement here draws down, so, too, does their influence.
  • If we draw down, do you promise to keep the peace?
  • So, you expect that things will be stable, if we draw down.
1.1Withdraw money from a fund or loan facility: I’m not actually going to be drawing down any of the loan until early 1999 she would have to draw down on her $253,000 investments at a rate of 7.2 per cent
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  • As a single guy, he was able to live frugally, drawing down his personal savings to fund the necessities: rent on a small one-bedroom apartment, groceries, electricity.
  • You can't draw down 18% a year from your investment account and expect it to last.
  • If a first-time buyer is having great difficulty saving the 10 per cent deposit that is required to draw down a mortgage, one option to consider is a 95 per cent loan.
1.2Withdraw water, oil, or gas from a reservoir or repository: the state began drawing down some of its stored water
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  • Oil consumption by modern industrial society will draw down current and potential supplies in a predictable way.
  • Most notably, recent complex maneuverings to help California find more water mean that the reservoirs behind the river's dams have been drawn down under a revised definition of "surplus criteria."
  • This enormous demand must of course draw down the water on that short line of canal, render it shallow, and its navigation impracticable.
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