designated driver


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designated driver (plural designated drivers)

  1. A person who avoids drinking alcohol at a social engagement for the purpose of driving their companions home.
    Synonym: DD
    • 2014 March 27, Robin Marantz Henig, “Fictional Plotlines and Real Assisted Suicide”, in The Atlantic[1]:
      Back in the 1980s, the Harvard School of Public Health mounted a campaign to normalize the idea of a “designated driver” to reduce drunk driving. Jay Winsten of Harvard spent weeks in Hollywood, meeting with 250 executive producers and head writers, asking them to work the concept of a designated driver into their TV scripts. Many agreed.
    • 2020 February 27, Peter Jakubowicz, “The Drunk Men I Drive Around Every Night”, in Slate Magazine[2]:
      I’m his Lyft driver, or, as I have come to think of it, his designated driver on demand.