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drive through

1. verb To travel through a particular area in a vehicle. I can't believe I drove through the whole town before realizing that I'd made a wrong turn.
2. noun The lane outside a business that is designed to serve customers seated in their cars. In this usage, the phrase is often hyphenated and spelled "drive-thru." Does that coffee shop have a drive-thru? I don't want to get out of the car in this rain.
3. adjective Describing such an establishment or thing. In this usage, the phrase is often hyphenated and spelled "drive-thru." Does that bank have a drive-thru ATM? I don't want to get out of the car in this rain.
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drive through

(something) to go in a vehicle from one side of something to the other; to pass through something while driving. We drove through some nice little towns on the way here. We didn't stop. We just drove through.
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No one was hurt in the incident that happened shortly after 6am on Saturday (August 24) however a large amount of mud was left scattered across the car park as two cones blocked the drive thru entrance.
A planning application for the erection of a drive thru coffee shop at Cross Point retail park was approved in March 2018, and work is now underway.
Other fast food chains like KFC and Burger King are not opened 24/7 either, the daily wrote.Even though KFC has a Drive Thru branch in Bratislava, it is opened only until midnight, and the company does not plan to change this schedule.
Sandbach South, which is located between Junctions 16 and 17 on the M6, will now feature a recently refurbished dine-in and drive thru Costa, as well as a McDonald's, WHSmith, Hot Food Company and Chozen Noodle.
The Drive Thru Flu Shot Clinic will allow residents to complete the one-page form; provide method of payment; and get their flu vaccination while staying in their car.
"The proposed small-scale drive thru unit will therefore form a complementary addition to the established range of uses in the wider area providing enhanced facilities for local residents and visitors to the area and introducing opportunities for social interaction."
The drive thru will serve hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, paninis, pastries, toasties and cakes.
The development would include single storey coffee shop of 167 square metres with a drive thru lane around the building, having access from Penmire Close.
A bid by a popular Canadian coffee chain to open a drive thru and takeaway near a Motherwell primary school has sparked an angry reaction.
BAKERY chain Greggs plans to open yet more shops this year, along with drive thru restaurants and an increase to its range of hot food.
McDonald's has launched the "VIP Drive Thru Club" as part of its efforts to reward its customers.
Kevin Hydes, chief finance and commercial officer of the Tim Hortons franchise in the UK, said: "The Tim Hortons Drive Thru is a major part of Canadian culture, and we think the UK is going to love our great tasting coffee and quality food, served quickly and with a smile.
ANEW Costa Coffee drive thru, creating 20 jobs, has opened at Llanfoist near Abergavenny in the last phase of the Westgate regeneration scheme.
"As part of the Smart Police Station, the drive thru has been built for the drivers, so people can pay the fines.