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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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  • There are good reasons to fund the country's experiment in democracy, even as the U.S. draws down its military forces there.
  • When is the U.S. military going to be able to begin drawing down its forces and bringing them home?
  • This has nothing to do with drawing down the American military presence overall in that part of the world, does it?
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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  • With his wife still working, the husband shouldn't have to draw down all his retirement stash.
  • Despite pessimists' fears, the U.S. is not drawing down national wealth to pay for imports.
  • Some 70 million baby boomers will soon draw down trillions in government payments.
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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  • Adding to this gloomy scenario is the fact that reservoirs in northeastern Colorado have been drawn down substantially.
  • Our state's reservoirs and soil profiles were drawn down this summer.
  • Geologist David Bainbridge of Alliant International University also points out that there are scant few penalties against users who draw down water tables or deplete aquifers.
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