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designated driver

designated driver

Date: Apr 15 2010

Themes: Friend, Party


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

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“I wasn’t wild at all as a teenager. I was always the designated driver when everyone went out dancing and drinking.”

- Actress Lauren Graham talking about her not-so-rebellious teen years. (Us Weekly)


1. Definition - Study the definition.

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someone who doesn’t drink so she can drive her friends home

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

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Most people like to go out and party every once and a while. But not the actress Lauren Graham. She says she has never been very wild. When she was a teenager, she didn’t like to drink, so she would be the designated driver for all her friends. When they got too drunk to drive home, Lauren would give them a ride. It was safe for her to drive, since she always stayed sober.

Drunk driving can be dangerous. It’s also illegal. In the US, if you’ve had just 2 or 3 drinks you may be over the legal limit for how much alcohol you’re allowed to have in your body while driving. If you get caught, you’ll probably have to pay a big fine, lose your license, or maybe even go to jail! That’s why a designated driver is a good thing to have.

But finding a designated driver can be tough. Who (besides Lauren Graham) wants to be the only sober person at a party? And who wants to drive everyone home at the end of the night? If no one wants to be the designated driver, you can always take public transportation or walk home after a night at the bars. Or, if that’s impossible, you can call a taxi. Cabs can be expensive, but sometimes they’re just worth it.

When you go out, do you have a designated driver? Would you mind being the designated driver for your friends?


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

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“Graham doesn’t like to drink very much, so he is usually our designated driver.”

“I usually get stuck being the designated driver when my friends and I go out, because I’m the only one with my own car.”

“Our designated driver got wasted, so we ended up having to take a cab home from the party.”


1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

The designated driver is someone who is always chosen to drive the car
by monacovalentina
ChattoBoy Of course, it s the person who is supposed to drive the car back with all the drunken ones :>>.
by ChattoBoy
is a person who abstains from alcohol on a social occasion in order to drive his/her companions home safely.
by Patricialli
designated driver -it's a person who don't drink an alcohol at party.
by invisible17
mo on One who agrees to remain sober
by mo on
designated driver is the person/friend who is assigned not to consume alcohol during the party so when it is over, he/she an drive them home because he/she is the only one who is not affected by alcohol
by periwinkle.chic

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Hahaha I hate drink and I hate drunks! Nowadays I don't go out with who likes to drink even as I never drink and I'm not a desinated driver because I usually go home earlier than others :P hehe

08:12 PM May 21 2010 |

thewaytoyourhartSuper Member!


If only I could have had someone like a designated driver, my driving license wouldn't have been taken away..Innocent

07:58 PM May 10 2010 |

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Dominican Republic

I think that,if you don't like to drink,you should to be a designated driver,for me is better to be a designated for you friends that they have an accident fatal.

 Better is that everyone are sober,but is difficult.

05:47 AM Apr 21 2010 |



designated drivers is your friend that won't drink alcohol in order to take you safe to home.

05:17 PM Apr 20 2010 |



I like to have a few drinks when I am at a party, but I would not mind being the designated driver… =D I like to be helpful, and staying sober is healthy… Furthermore, I like alcohol-free beer, although most people loathe it.. \=) I can drink it all night long, if necessary… :)

01:26 AM Apr 19 2010 |

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Is a person who is fiendly and helepful.

04:38 AM Apr 17 2010 |




i like the person who worths his/her life.

03:20 PM Apr 16 2010 |




that hapends to all of us once, but it happends to me all the time, because i dont drink alcohol, but it's funny at the end

12:01 AM Apr 16 2010 |




08:57 PM Apr 15 2010 |



I ask my wife every ones in a while to be a designated driver:) If we go out to meet our friends in the city centre it is a considerable inconvenience to go there using public transport. So we take a car and we are able to come back not waiting for the bus at the bus stop. I have a oportunity to have a beer and my wife to drive a car:)

07:43 PM Apr 15 2010 |



United Kingdom

I have been always a designated driver….even when i work as a trucker, i always drive my car through the weekend and take my mates out. i think, i dont need to be drunk to have fun. (well, of course, theres a time when i go out and have one glass or two lol of wine or beer, but then i am not driver at all) never drive after drink!!!

05:41 PM Apr 15 2010 |




for sure I am not a designated driver… Even I am going to be that someday.

I don`t go to parties and bars to remain sober!

!!!! rock !!!!

04:49 PM Apr 15 2010 |


Russian Federation

I want to have a car!! And if I have a car I'll be a designated driver!! I hope that I'll buy it soon)

12:50 PM Apr 15 2010 |




never will I be a designated driver for I do not have the courage to drive .

12:25 PM Apr 15 2010 |




I was sometimes the designated driver for my friends,,cause i don't drink.And We usually go party. I am happy to do this duty…

11:35 AM Apr 15 2010 |




A desgnated driver is someone who accepts not to drink at a party and take the responsibility for driving back his friends safe at home.

11:05 AM Apr 15 2010 |

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