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designated driver

[ des-ig-ney-tid drahy-ver ]
/ ˈdɛs ɪgˌneɪ tɪd ˈdraɪ vər /
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noun
a person who abstains from alcoholic beverages at a gathering in order to be fit to drive companions home safely. Abbreviation: DD
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Origin of designated driver

First recorded in 1980–85
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designated driver

noun
a person who volunteers not to drink alcohol on a social occasion, so that he or she can safely drive other people who have been drinking
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