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drive through

1. verb To travel through a particular area in a vehicle. I can't believe I drove through the whole town before realizing that I'd made a wrong turn.
2. noun The lane outside a business that is designed to serve customers seated in their cars. In this usage, the phrase is often hyphenated and spelled "drive-thru." Does that coffee shop have a drive-thru? I don't want to get out of the car in this rain.
3. adjective Describing such an establishment or thing. In this usage, the phrase is often hyphenated and spelled "drive-thru." Does that bank have a drive-thru ATM? I don't want to get out of the car in this rain.
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drive through

(something) to go in a vehicle from one side of something to the other; to pass through something while driving. We drove through some nice little towns on the way here. We didn't stop. We just drove through.
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The development will allow a oneway vehicular access around the unit in order to enable orders to be taken and provided via a drive-thru facility.
Harvey's opened its first drive-thru in Rhuddlan in December 2014 and followed this with a unit in Bangor in March 2016.
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Fencing has gone up at Leeds Road Retail Park in preparation for work on the new Burger King drive-thru after Kirklees councillors approved the scheme earlier this year.
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