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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.
See also: drive

drive-in

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.
See also: drive
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Today, many drive-ins are seasonal businesses that operate during the warmer months of the year.
We are delighted to be working with USA Drive-Ins to invigorate the classic American drive-in and make it available to families, said Jim Reisteter, General Manager of the Digital Cinema Division at NEC Display.
It's a story that's playing out at drive-ins all over the country, where conversion to digital is the key to survival, said John Vincent Jr.
PAC NW Drive-Ins operates and manages the Sonic restaurants in central Washington and north Puget Sound areas, up to the Canadian border.
A few years ago, the council took nearly pounds 500 off my husband and myself to make a drive-in up to our gate to get the car off the road.
In the rearview mirror of pop culture, drive-ins were mostly about those fogged-up windows.
Raised on slasher flicks--as a child in the '70s, every Friday he went with his parents to the drive-ins around Knoxville, Tennessee--he admits that his project for a suburban home may have been partially inspired by the bucket-of-blood thriller The Last House on the Left.
Stores in Dewsbury, West Yorks, Bristol and Gateshead will get the drive-ins by June.
The group, which has already opened drive-ins in Harrogate, Birkenhead and Stockport, said the new format was working well and it was seeking sites for new openings.
It then depends on testimony from last-ditch survivors--owners trying to eke out one more season for what had become a dinosaur as television and increasing demands for the land the drive-ins stood on to build housing tracts and shopping malls brought an era to an end.
DALLAS -- PeopleAnswers today announced a software licensing agreement with SONIC([R]), America's Drive-In([R]), the nation's largest chain of drive-in restaurants, to use the PeopleAnswers HR solution in identifying and selecting employees for its 400 company-owned drive-ins in Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas.
0% same-store sales decline at franchise drive-ins and a decline of 2.
During recent decades, that research has largely focused on the history of drive-ins in different regions within the United States, including Colorado (Wolfe, 2007), Wisconsin (Marchant, 2001), and Virginia (Sopko, 2008).
With the end of 35mm film distribution, and the costly switch to digital projection, Honda created Project Drive-In as a national effort to save as many of America's remaining drive-ins as possible.
The Upton couple was concerned the wrong buyer would close it and develop the 16-acre property as happened with many of the drive-ins, or not love it as they did.