drill in(to) (someone or something)(redirected from drilled into them)
To teach something through repetition. A noun or pronoun can be used between "drill" and "in." When I was a kid, our teachers simply drilled the times tables in. We're going to keep drilling in these formulas until you know them off by heart!
drill in(to) (someone or something)
1. Literally, to bore into or pierce something. Unfortunately, we need to drill into the ground to try to find the burst pipe.
2. To teach something through repetition. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "drill" and "in." When I was a kid, the times tables were simply drilled into us.
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drill someone in something
to give someone practice in something. Now, I am going to drill you in irregular verbs. The teacher drilled the students in the use of the passive.
drill in (to something)
to bore into or penetrate something. The worker drilled into the wall in three places. Please don't drill into the wall here, where it will show.
drill something into someone or somethingand drill something in
Fig. to force knowledge into someone or something Learn this stuff! Drill it into your brain. Drill in this information so you know it by heart!
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. To penetrate some surface by boring: The geologist drilled into the Earth's crust.
2. To teach or inculcate something to someone by constant, intense repetition: The teacher drilled the multiplication tables into the bored students. The teacher tried to drill into our heads the capital of every country.
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