bring (something) home to (someone)

bring (something) home to (someone)

1. Literally, to come home with something, such as a gift or treat, for someone. I knew you were sad to miss the dinner party, so I brought a dessert home to you.
2. To cause something to be more intimately acknowledged, recognized, or understood by someone. Her passionate speech about the environment really brought the importance of conservation efforts home to me.
See also: bring, home, to
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: bring, home, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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

bring something home to someone

If someone or something brings something home to you, it makes you understand how important or serious it is. I knew I was lucky really. Being in hospital really brought it home to me. I think this war brought it home to a lot of people just what our families are going through when we are away somewhere like that.
See also: bring, home, someone, something, to
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

bring something home to someone

make someone realize the full significance of something.
See also: bring, home, someone, something, to
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

bring something ˈhome to somebody

make somebody realize how important, difficult or serious something is: This documentary brought home the tragedy of the poor to many people.Visiting that hospital for the mentally ill really brought home to me how sad some people’s lives are.
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