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drive in(to)

1. verb To enter a particular place or thing in one's vehicle. Turn left and then drive into the parking garage.
2. verb To hit someone or something while driving. That guy fell asleep at the wheel and drove into a crowd of people at the parade. I lost control of my car and drove into a row of shopping carts.
3. verb To force something into another material or substance by hitting it. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "drive" and "in" or "into." To drive this nail into the wall, you really need to put some muscle behind it.
4. verb In baseball, to hit the ball and cause a runner (or runners) to score. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "drive" and "in." And with that triple, Green drove in two runs.
5. noun An outdoor movie theater in which people sit in their cars before a large screen. This phrase can also be used as an adjective to describe such a theater. The phrase is typically hyphenated in this usage. I wish there were more drive-ins around here—watching a movie in your car with your family can be a lot of fun.
6. adjective Describing the part of a business designed to serve customers seated in their cars. The phrase is typically hyphenated in this usage. Here's the order for the guy that's waiting at the drive-in window.
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drive in (to something)

to enter something or some place by driving. She drove right into the garage and stopped the car before she realized that she was not at her own house. She drove in and looked around.
See also: drive