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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 .
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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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Cheri, my husband is sitting in the driver's seat and is sobbing so hard he can't drive us home because he's so appreciative," the woman said.
I am on medication and couldn't wait that long so Sam then kindly offered to drive us home and he took us right to our front door.
On returning late to the pier head we were pleased to see my future father-in-law who had stayed up late to drive us home standing on the pontoon with a large umbrella, wet but still happy days.
After doing a Weekend Buzz interview with Dustin in San Diego, we had Doughnut drive us home because I was too wasted.
At one of our earliest gigs, 1 cried and had our mom drive us home.
In the near-future, we will be sitting comfortably reading the news, calling, emailing, participating in conference calls, and using cloud applications while our cars autonomously and safely drive us home.
And exciting as Silom Road was, we did become a little tired of street vendors trying to sell us illicit DVDs, tuk-tuk drivers wanting to drive us home, even though we didn't want one, and the Irish and British themed pubs, complete with middle-aged men buying the company of young Thai women.
I thought I was going to die, I pulled over to a jogger and he had to drive us home.
Now if we will all arrange ourselves in the car, I think we can trust Victor to drive us home safely.
Which was just as well because at nine I realised I'd forgotten something really crucial; contact lenses, without which I'd be unable to find my way through the woods, or, indeed, drive us home.
Their goal is to make us bleed in order to drive us home and so allow their radical Shiite allies to hold sway and Iran to become the dominant regional power.
By this time we are going to draw names out of a hat to see who would drive us home.
The only thing that kept me going during this marathon retail therapy trek was the thought of the Peugeot 307 XSI HDi waiting in the car park to drive us home.
Out of the blue, Paul arrived in Cambridge to drive us home in our car.