drive (one) to (do something)

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drive (one) to (do something)

To impel one to do something through some form of motivation or coercion. The desire to set a good example for my kids drove me to finally complete my college degree. The stress of this job will drive me to drink.
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drive to

v.
1. To travel to some destination in a vehicle: She drove to the beach in her truck. He drove to the mall.
2. To travel in some vehicle to some destination: We drove the car to the store for groceries.
3. To force or impel someone to some action or condition: I didn't want to have to say it, but you drove me to it. This paperwork is driving the staff to insanity.
See also: drive
References in classic literature ?
The ancestress had had to give in; but her concession was bought only by the promise that the wedding- breakfast should take place under her roof, though (as the Washington Square connection said) with the Wellands' house in easy reach it was hard to have to make a special price with Brown to drive one to the other end of nowhere.