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drive home

1. verb To return home by driving. When do you plan to drive home from the party?
2. verb To drive someone to their home. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "drive" and "home." Can any of you guys drive me home after the student council meeting? I'll drive her home, don't worry, Mrs. Smith. Sorry I'm late, I had to drive home the whole team.
3. verb To emphasize something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "drive" and "home." The nightly news always drives home the presence of danger in our city and makes my anxiety worse.
4. noun The ride to one's home. In this usage, it is a set phrase. You can sleep on the drive home—it'll take five hours, after all. The traffic jam made my drive home twice as long as normal.
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drive something home

(to someone) Fig. to emphasize an important point about something (to someone). The teacher repeated the point three times just to drive it home. I hope this really drives the importance of safety home to you. The accident drove home the importance of wearing seatbelts to everyone concerned.
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drive home

Make clearly understood, make a point, as in The network news programs drive home the fact that violence is part of urban life. This expression uses the verb drive in the sense of "force by a blow or thrust" (as in driving a nail). Samuel Hieron used it in Works (1607): "That I may ... drive home the nail of this exhortation even to the head."
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drive something home

make something clearly and fully understood by the use of repeated or forcefully direct arguments.
The verbs hammer , press , and ram are also used in place of drive .
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drive/hammer something ˈhome (to somebody)

make sure that somebody understands something completely, for example by repeating it often: The instructor tried to drive home to us the need for safety precautions before diving.Police used statistics to hammer home their warning about car theft.
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Shortly before 10 p.m., while driving home in a snowstorm, she sideswiped a pickup and suffered extensive injuries.
Then I use driving home to reflect on what I've done, to wind down - it sort of replaces the martini."
Mr Robertson added: "He had two or three bottles of beer before driving home and then drank some more before the police arrived."
Benito Perena was driving home in a motorcycle when he was attacked at 7:25 p.m.
PC Brendan Lowes, of Cleveland Police, had been driving home from work when he saw a man running away from an address in Stockton.
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housing market with an over supply of discount priced homes in many regions of the country, driving home sales higher with record low mortgage borrowing rates.
RANGERS fans' leader Andy Kerr has had his car confiscated - for driving home from Ibrox while more than three times the limit.
Chris Rea's Driving Home for Christmas followed in the second place and Bing Crosby's White Christmas in the third.
Nodding off for just a second or two at the wheel can kill as easily as drinking a bottle of scotch before driving home.
FORTY buses around Coventry will be driving home the stop smoking message in the run up to No-Smoking Day on Wednesday.
The problem was similar to jet lag but affected the safety of people driving home from an airport, research found.
The victim and his three friends - all around the same age - had been out in Nottingham and were driving home to Leicester just before 3am.
Pedro Matias equalised with a superb effort after turning inside Matt Lawrence and driving home past Tony Warner.
Victim Nichola Payne, aged 28, was driving home from a conference with two colleagues when David Firbank (44) pulled out from a slip road into the path of her Peugeot company car.