Down the road

Down the road
is an American idiom. We will examine the meaning of the common saying down the road, where it came from, and some examples of its idiomatic usage in sentences.

Down the road is an idiom that describes something that will happen later, something that will occur in the future. For instance, a young woman may say that she has plans to buy a house down the road, meaning she cannot afford to buy a house now, but she is laying the groundwork to be able to buy a house in the future. The American idiom, down the road, came into use sometime mid-twentieth century. It’s origin is unknown. The phrase down the road seems to allude to traveling the road of life; however, one theory is that the phrase down the road was coined by carnival workers to refer to a later time, when the carnival would pull into the next town on its circuit. Australian English has a similar idiom: down the track.


“If it looks progressively better, he may be able to review his corporation tax decision further down the road.” (Bloomberg News)

A little more than a decade later, the business moved to its new location where it offers dog grooming, doggie day-care, dog obedience, with other services planned down the road. (Mirror)

The engineer who decided to put platinum in catalytic converters was just asking for trouble down the road. (Sioux City Journal)