bring something home

bring something home

COMMON If someone or something brings something such as a problem, danger, or fact home to someone, they make them understand how serious or important it is. His words brought home the full horror of what had happened. Marion's death had brought home to her the need to be more direct about everything. Note: Verbs such as drive, press, and hammer are often used instead of bring to mean that something is made clear in a very forceful way. I don't know how to get through to you and hammer home how desperate I feel. I knew he was upset, but reading his emails really drove it home.
See also: bring, home, something
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