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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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Tim Hortons has applied to North Lanarkshire Council for permission to build a coffee and bake drive thru on the corner of Windmillhill Street and Knowetop Avenue.
As part of the expansion plans Greggs is aiming to open between 110 and 130 new shops over the next year as well as open more drive thru branches.
Landowners, Pontypool-based Johnsey Estates, let the contract to build the drive thru at the site on Merthyr Road, to Carter Lauren.
Costa has committed to a new 15-year lease with developer West Coast Estates for a 2,200 sq ft (204 sq m) Drive Thru store.
The Daily Post revealed on Monday that the restaurant on Mostyn Champneys had trialled the walking drive thru to cater for clubbers.
Drive-thru coffee has become popular in Birmingham after Starbucks opened one in Edgbaston in 2014 followed by a debut drive thru Costa Coffee at Five Ways last year.
MANAMA: Batelco's first Drive Thru Telecom shop, the only one-of-its-kind in the GCC, is proving to be a huge success with customers.
TAKEAWAY: MJ's 24 Hour Drive Thru, Formby bypass CUISINE: Eclectic - wraps, salads, fish and chips, crispy duck, ribs and squid ADDRESS: 89-91 Altcar Road, Formby, L37 ORDER: Pulled pork wrap with BBQ sauce, Nicoise salad in an edible tortilla bowl, two portions of chips, two chocolate cakes.
It is a state of the art facility offering a windowless drive thru, self-serve safe deposit box service, six lobby teller windows, six remote drive-thru stations, 10 private lending offices, a drive up night depository and ATM services.
Christie Hancock, 23, and her partner, Graeme Haigh, 25, were slapped with the pounds 75 fine for using a McDonald's Drive Thru in Huddersfield.
Von Mitchell, 73, of Honolulu and his daughter, Linda Thompson, 43, of Canoga Park likewise sank their teeth into a couple of juicy cheeseburgers at Stars Drive Thru in Winnetka.
Drive-thru restaurants and convenience stores could provide food and nappies and drive thru rubbish tips which, in Scotland, appear to exist on the side of every single road, would take care of most things.
Your feet won't touch the ground," claimed Virgin Atlantic Airways when advertising its drive thru airport check-in, highlighting upper class passengers' ability to completely by-pass check-in and queuing at Gatwick Airport's South Terminal.
The Insight platform supports all the key drive thru functions including: order confirmation systems, timing systems, outdoor digital pre-sell menu boards, outdoor digital menu boards, and wireless headsets.