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.
See also: drive, to
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Men shoot us in the water and club us on the land; Men drive us to the Salt House like silly sheep and tame, And still we sing Lukannon--before the sealers came.
However, I was pleasantly surprised by the atmosphere of the university and the people who were so kind to drive us to the front door of the institution itself.
Summary: SIDON: Former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora said over the weekend that an attack on his office near the southern coastal city of Sidon would not drive him to change his "principles." "If the aim [of the attack] is intimidation, I do not believe this will drive us to either change our method or our principles and will not lead to any result," he said.
It will drive us to things that make sustainable sense.
I'm still hoping to see Figo, who could be the vital missing link to drive us to the next level.
This year,my other daughter planned weeks ago to travel by train to Liverpool on March 28 and then,because my husband is not well enough to drive at the moment, she intended to drive us to Bingley for the weekend to stay with his 91-year-oldbrother,and our Ulverston daughter would join us there for Mothers'Day.She would return by train to Salisbury and her job as a physio on March 31.