designated driver

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des·ig·nat·ed driver

One who agrees to remain sober, as at a party, in order to be able to drive others home safely.

designated driver

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

des′ignated driv′er

a person who abstains from alcoholic beverages at a gathering in order to be fit to drive companions home safely.
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Noun1.designated driver - the member of a party who is designated to refrain from alcohol and so is sober when it is time to drive home
driver - the operator of a motor vehicle
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(ˈdezigneit) verb
1. to call or name. It was designated a conservation area.
2. to point out or identify. He has been designated our next Prime Minister.
(placed immediately after noun) appointed to an office etc but not yet having begun it. the ambassador designate.
ˌdesigˈnation noun
a name or title.
ˌdesignated ˈdriver noun
(American) one of a group of friends who is chosen to drive them and therefore agrees not to drink alcohol at a party. etc.
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We encourage consumers to plan ahead and arrange for a Designated Driver through BeMyDD and give the gift of a DD to family and friends to enrich their holiday season.
Likelihood to do this also increases with age with 43% of 18 to 24-year-olds saying they would agree a designated driver.
Coun Dave Ledger, Northumberland County Council member for public protection and chairman of the Safer Northumberland Partnership, said: "One of the best presents you can give this Christmas is to offer to stay sober and be the designated driver.

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