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drive 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.
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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.
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drive home

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."
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drive something home

make 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 .
See also: drive, home, something

drive/hammer something ˈhome (to somebody)

make sure that somebody understands something completely, for example by repeating it often: The instructor tried to drive home to us the need for safety precautions before diving.Police used statistics to hammer home their warning about car theft.
See also: drive, hammer, home, something
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"The officers supported him to drive home a distance of two kilometres.
Other partner organisations in the scheme include the Institute of Advanced Motorists and the Petrol Retailers Association Hi-Q has committed to the 'Drive Home Safely' scheme by offering drivers the opportunity to go along for a free maintenance check.
A CASUALTY doctor accused of killing a student in a car crash, after a night out drinking with friends, told police it was a mistake to drive home, a court heard.
After a day of meetings and errands in the capital's teeming center, the bridge's soaring towers have always marked my exit from the city and the real beginning of the long drive home to our house near the Pacific coast of Chiba Prefecture's Boso Peninsula.
His brilliant variations and condensations drive home the point that this iconography not only illustrates our globalized flows of people, commodities, and capital, but informs the fears and desires we invest in this state (or rather, this flux) of affairs.
"This was a healthy year for the Hamptons real estate market, particularly on the East End, and it finished in a very strong fashion," stated Cook Pony Farm vice president Judi Desiderio, who pointed to "interest rates at 30-year lows" as an important factor that helped drive home sales in 2002.
But Harris kept his cool as the arguments were raging to drive home his first goal at the New Den since recovering from testicular cancer.
Nike was assigned 75% of the blame because Jacobsen was required to bring his car to work and had no choice but to drive home.
An Ontario woman who drank too much at an office Christmas party and then was in a car accident when she tried to drive home has succeeded in having her employer assessed as 25% liable for her injuries.
The attorney for Richard Garcia says that in February 1999, Richard, then 16, was obviously intoxicated when police encountered him trying to sneak into a girl's window and told him to drive home. If instead they had arrested him for public intoxication, the lawsuit claims, he wouldn't have been driving with a blood-alcohol level at more than twice the legal limit, missed a turn, and then slammed his car into a tree.
Using the stories and examples of great leaders in business and political history, Carnegie weaves both humor and real-life anecdotes to drive home the critical importance of mastering what has become a seemingly lost art-treating people with courtesy and respect.
Most of the shows with "guest" celebrities drive home the point that actors are just people who are paid to pretend.
At the end of a long day, what matters to Arcanjo is the privilege of being able to drive home with the company's van.
Hilary and Jackie's superb acting, bold directorial concepts, and beautiful score drive home the point that MS is a devastating illness.
It doesn't take a fire-breathing "freshman Republican" to drive home the point that government programs need major rethinking.