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bring something home to someone

1. Lit. to return home with a gift for someone. I brought a box of candy home to the children. The candy was brought home to Lily by Ken.
2. Fig. to cause someone to realize something. My weakness was brought home to me by the heavy work I had been assigned to do. The hard work really brought my frailty home to me.
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bring something home to somebody

to make someone understand something much more clearly than they did before, especially something unpleasant These photographs finally brought home to us the terrible realities of war. It took an international crisis to bring it home to British politicians that they desperately needed allies in Europe.
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