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drive in(to)

1. verb To enter a particular place or thing while driving. Turn left and then drive into the parking garage.
2. verb To hit someone or something while driving. That guy fell asleep at the wheel and drove into a crowd of people at the parade. I lost control of my car and drove into a row of shopping carts.
3. verb To force something into another material or substance by hitting it. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "drive" and "in" or "into." To drive this nail into the wall, you really need to put some muscle behind it.
4. verb In baseball, to hit the ball and cause a runner (or runners) to score. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "drive" and "in." And with that triple, Green drove in two runs.
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1. noun An outdoor movie theater in which people sit in their cars in front of a large screen. This phrase can also be used as an adjective to describe such a theater. I wish there were more drive-ins around here—watching a movie in your car with your family can be a lot of fun.
2. noun A restaurant where food (usually fast food) is served to patrons while they sit in their cars. Let's go get a burger at the drive-in.
3. adjective Describing the part of a business designed to serve customers seated in their cars. Here's the order for the guy who's waiting at the drive-in window.

drive in (to something)

to enter something or some place by driving. She drove right into the garage and stopped the car before she realized that she was not at her own house. She drove in and looked around.
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The remainder of this paper examines the exhibition practices of drive-in theatres and focuses largely on programming decisions regarding double features.
GDC welcomes this opportunity to bring the theater-going experience to more people and applauds USA Drive-Ins for its work, said Dr.
These days, moviegoers in 44 states can take in a drive-in movie from the comfort of their own vehicles, according to the United Drive-In Theatre Owners Association.
Similar parent-friendly perks were available at six other listed drive-ins: Springfield's Modena Motor-Vu and Cascade drive-ins; Bethel's North End Drive-In; Cottage Grove's Morelocks Drive-In; Florence's Rhododendron Drive-In; and the Junction City Drive-In.
Also, during the quarter, 14 new franchise drive-ins opened and 56 drive-ins were refranchised.
For example, Durant (1950) observed what he called de lux drive-in theatres, which were akin to community recreation centers:
The remaining funds from the Save the Drive-In Fund at Indiegogo plus an additional $5,000 donation from vAuto, an AutoTrader Group company, will be used by Brownsville Drive-In Theater to go toward the purchase of a digital projector.
The other drive-in in the area, the Leicester Triple Drive-In, is not yet open for the season.
Unlike other 1950s staples such as bobby socks and Brylcreem, drive-in theaters have staged a modest comeback over the past couple of decades.
The fast-food drive-in that regularly trades on a nostalgic, 1950s-era of food service in its television and radio spots, opened a new location with what it calls a "dynamic new futuristic appearance.
The company expects 2% to 4% same-store sales growth for the system; royalty revenue growth from same-store sales improvements and new unit development; 50 to 60 new franchise drive-in openings and an expected quarterly cash dividend of USD0.
MENDON -- After almost 30 years of giving their heart and soul to the business, Mendon Twin Drive-In co-owners Susan L.