drive/hammer something home
1. verb To return home by driving. When do you plan to drive home from the party?
2. verb To drive someone to their home. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "drive" and "home." Can any of you guys drive me home after the student council meeting? I'll drive her home, don't worry, Mrs. Smith. Sorry I'm late, I had to drive home the whole team.
3. verb To emphasize something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "drive" and "home." The nightly news always drives home the presence of danger in our city and makes my anxiety worse.
4. noun The ride to one's home. In this usage, it is a set phrase. You can sleep on the drive home—it'll take five hours, after all. The traffic jam made my drive home twice as long as normal.
drive something home
(to someone) Fig. to emphasize an important point about something (to someone). The teacher repeated the point three times just to drive it home. I hope this really drives the importance of safety home to you. The accident drove home the importance of wearing seatbelts to everyone concerned.
hammer something home
Fig. to try extremely hard to make someone understand or realize something. The boss hopes to hammer the firm's poor financial position home to the staff. I tried to hammer home to Anne the fact that she would have to get a job.
Make clearly understood, make a point, as in The network news programs drive home the fact that violence is part of urban life. This expression uses the verb drive in the sense of "force by a blow or thrust" (as in driving a nail). Samuel Hieron used it in Works (1607): "That I may ... drive home the nail of this exhortation even to the head."
drive something homemake something clearly and fully understood by the use of repeated or forcefully direct arguments.
The verbs hammer , press , and ram are also used in place of drive .