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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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Doherty drove home and returned with a knife stabbing Mr Fahy in the back and another man in the chest.
A MOTORCYCLE-MAD husband and his best friend died in a high-speed car crash as they drove home from a bike exhibition.
A DRUNK man drove home with a headless corpse at his side after his pal was decapitated in a crash.
Molina drove him home with a double to right-center field, and Eckstein's double drove home Molina with the go-ahead run.
So I drove home and back to work the next day and they took me to a doctor who said `it's fine' and moved my leg as I screamed at her.
Celia Wakeman, 45, of Rosamond drove home in her damaged car, which was spotted by a neighbor who called authorities, officials said.
Belson last saw the Twin Towers in June 2001, when he drove home from South Bend with teammate Carlton Wells during the all-star break.
The men blocked Pimentel's car with the truck, but he steered around it after they got out of it, deputies said, and he drove home.
When the men got out of their truck after using it to try to block Pimentel from driving off, he steered around the truck and drove home.
She said that as she drove home on Interstate 5, she became sleepy and exited at Calgrove Boulevard, she told officials.
In some instances, O'Halloran would park his car at locations around Newbury Park and watch his stalking victims before they drove home, authorities said.