drive (one) to (do something)

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drive (one) to (do something)

To motivate, compel, or impel one to do something. The desire to set a good example for my kids drove me to finally complete my college degree. The stress of this job is going to drive me to drink. Getting that D on my midterm exam drove me to study much harder for the rest of the semester.
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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.
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Instructors also explained the causes that could drive someone to drug addiction and other harmful effects.
Currently in Northern Ireland, it's a depressing state of affairs, and one that could either drive someone to try and get involved or to simply become detached from it all.
Coming home at 10 to do it all again, that can drive someone to the edge but not a policeman.
"I was given the assignment on Thursday night and came to Sports field Apartments as early as 4 am today", said Burute, adding, "It's not a good feeling to drive someone to his last destination.
What kind of radicalism and religious fervour would drive someone to do the things she did?" Grab your broomsticks, folks.
But I do know what it is like to have obligations and expectations drive someone to put on a brave face and pretend nothing is wrong, to push past breaking points and continue to carry loads that are unreasonable and even unbearable because there simply doesn't seem to be any other option.
My dad hanged himself some years ago and, as much as I didn't understand why anyone would consider doing that at the time, I'm beginning to see how the weight of everything could drive someone to it.
The Y aims to impart the values of what it means to achieve—how hard work, determination, perseverance and character can drive someone to success beyond what they thought possible.
According to him, this can guide and drive someone to achieve such goals.
The action begins on Christmas Eve, as Arthur and Amelia Havisham prepare for the reading of their father's will, and debt collector Jacob Marley looks set to drive someone to murder...
Needles are the small, repetitive acts that often go unnoticed and unreported, the needling that can drive someone to dread going to work.
Participants had only three weeks to finish their chairs and they delivered what I feel is a testament to what creativity and passion can drive someone to make.
He added: "I remember watching the events of Hungerford and Dunblane on the television and thinking what would drive someone to massacre a load of innocent people.
Sexual addiction is using sex to alter one's mood so that one does not confront, face, and heal the emotional and psychological issues that drive someone to any addiction, ingestive or process.
Internal elements are those that originate from inside a person, they are what drive someone to move forward.