drive to do

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 someone to do something

to force someone to do something. Poverty drove him to steal. She drove herself to earn a living.
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