Meaning of Idiom ‘Down the Road’

The idiom down the road has a literal meaning & a figurative sầu one.

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1. Literally, down the road means farther along this same road. Up the road is a synonym accept up the road has no figurative meaning.

2. Figuratively, down the road means in the future; at a certain point in the future. 1Heacoông chồng, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American>. Cambridge: Cambridge UPhường, 2010.,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,3Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.

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When used in the literal sense, the expression refers lớn a road one is one or one is near. It is often used when giving directions or describing where something is located.

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Sometimes, down the road & up the road are combined into ‘up và down the road.’ For example: “This morning there were army trucks driving up and down the road. It was weird.”

Here, up và down means back and forth although sometimes people bởi consider one direction to be up, such as north or toward town, and the other khổng lồ be down, such as south or away from town.

When the word ‘just’ is added, it means ‘not far down the road’ or near.

When the figurative sense is used, a time in the future is sometimes mentioned.

Examples Of Use (Literal)

“Don’t worry, there’s a gas station just down the road.”

“Can you tell where there is a grocery store?” “Sure, there’s one just down the road.”

“Just up the road a piece there’s a big church. You want lớn turn right at the road just before the church.”

“I live up the road about a mile so I’m able to lớn walk to work.”

Examples Of Use (Figurative)

“They always told me algebra and calculus would be useful down the road, but I’ve sầu yet khổng lồ use it!”

“Down the road, you have the potential to be a great singer but right now you need to keep practicing and learning.”

“Many people think that down the road, Michelle Obama will be president.”

“Down the road, there will be a vaccine but right now we have sầu khổng lồ be careful.”


The literal meaning of this idiom has been used since at least the early part of the 1800s while the figurative sầu sense has been used since the second half of the 1900s, convertingforward movement or distance inlớn time.