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 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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drive to

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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References in classic literature ?
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.
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.