bring (something) home (to someone)

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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. Her passionate speech about the environment really brought the importance of conservation efforts home to me.
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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.
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bring home

Get to the heart of a matter, make perfectly clear. For example, The crash brought home the danger of drinking and driving. This term uses home in the figurative sense of "touching someone or something closely." [Second half of 1800s]
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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.
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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.

bring something home to someone

make someone realize the full significance of something.

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.

bring home

To make perfectly clear: a lecture that brought home several important points.
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References in classic literature ?
Step by step it is brought home to him that he is the man.
"Probably," said D'Artagnan, "but as he is a thoughtful young man he promised to send four expert workmen in his place to help those already at the scaffold, and wrote the moment he was brought home to Master Tom Lowe, an assistant carpenter and friend of his, to go down to Whitehall, with three of his friends.
'She again brought home to wash a set of male's clothing which I threw out in anger, 'he told the court.
LISTENING to the Chancellor's speech last week brought home to me even further how deep this country is in debt.
And listening to Ed Balls the Shadow Chancellor in his reply brought home to me how right I was to turn my back on the Labour party as the party of the working man.
I took the train from Krakow to Oswiecim and the poignancy of that journey was brought home to me when a fellow passenger commented that many tens of thousands of families from the Jewish and other communities must have made that same journey in the past, never to return.
The weather was dreadful when we arrived at the camp and somehow this was appropriate, as it brought home to me even more forcibly the extreme suffering of the victims and the extent of man's inhumanity to man.
The only way the White House will move on Darfur is if it is flooded with calls from the public--and that will happen only when the genocide is brought home to living rooms across America.
The gap between experience and meaning was brought home to me by two friends who had separate experiences of visiting the Grand Canyon.
But these gestures brought home to me very visibly how much the Eucharist was a loving bond of faith.
SHARLEEN yesterday admitted that becoming a mum had brought home to her just how vital the building of Scotland's second children's hospice is.
The weather was dreadful when we arrived at the camp and somehow this was appropriate as it brought home to me even more forcibly the extreme suffering of the victims and the extent of man's inhumanity to man.