drive at (something)

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drive at (something)

To allude to some point or topic. What exactly are you driving at with a critical statement like that? If you have a problem with my work, just tell me.
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drive at something

to be making a point; to be hinting at something; to work up to making a point. What are you driving at? What's the point? I could tell Mary was driving at something, but I didn't know what it was.
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drive at

Mean to do or say, as in I don't understand what he's driving at. Today this idiom, first recorded in 1579, is used mainly with the participle driving.
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drive at

v.
To mean to do or say something; have something as a point: I don't understand what you're driving at—just tell me what you mean.
See also: drive