down the river

idiom

: in the same direction as the river is flowing
Large boats came down the river.

Examples of down the river in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Emmy winner Paul Walter Hauser, though neither thrice divorced or residing in a van down the river, is attached to star as legendary comedian Chris Farley in an upcoming film. Jessica Wang, EW.com, 12 Apr. 2024 Before shuttle buses were available at the Salt River, crowds would arrive in truckloads, bringing their own tubes and cases of beer to float down the river. Kira Caspers, The Arizona Republic, 13 Mar. 2024 On its way down the river, the ship would slip beneath the Francis Scott Key Bridge. USA TODAY, 27 Mar. 2024 The scenery is meant to approximate what the land might have looked like to those sold down the river. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, 25 Mar. 2024 Her original poppy garden reseeded and spread down the river and over much of Old Town. Brandee Gruener, Southern Living, 16 Mar. 2024 The Kentucky locks reopening has allowed smaller boats on the Kentucky River, Williams said, and if the bill passes, riverboats can sell alcohol on bourbon tours up and down the river. Rebecca Grapevine, The Courier-Journal, 21 Jan. 2024 Inland, China has built a cascade of dams on the upper Mekong in its Yunnan Province and is now urging Laos, Thailand, and Cambodia to speed construction of 11 more hydroelectric dams lower down the river. David Brown, Foreign Affairs, 17 May 2016 Local River Heroes have noticed that due to an increase in pollution, the health of the fish population that make their way down the river and into the lake is declining. Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 2 Feb. 2024

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“Down the river.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/down%20the%20river. Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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