drive (one) to (do something)

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drive (one) to (do something)

To motivate, compel, or impel one to do something. The desire to set a good example for my kids drove me to finally complete my college degree. The stress of this job is going to drive me to drink. Getting that D on my midterm exam drove me to study much harder for the rest of the semester.
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drive to

v.
1. To travel to some destination in a vehicle: She drove to the beach in her truck. He drove to the mall.
2. To travel in some vehicle to some destination: We drove the car to the store for groceries.
3. To force or impel someone to some action or condition: I didn't want to have to say it, but you drove me to it. This paperwork is driving the staff to insanity.
See also: drive, to
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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References in classic literature ?
Levin was a little afraid he would exhaust the horses, especially the chestnut, whom he did not know how to hold in; but unconsciously he fell under the influence of his gaiety and listened to the songs he sang all the way on the box, or the descriptions and representations he gave of driving in the English fashion, four-in-hand; and it was in the very best of spirits that after lunch they drove to the Gvozdyov marsh.
'I once drove to Pashutino with him in half an hour.'
Finally, she laid a letter near him, in which, after giving him particulars of the food and drink she had left for him, she finished with the following words: 'I see that as long as you remain here you will never be able to set me free; if, however, you still wish to do so, come to the golden castle of Stromberg; this is well within your power to accomplish.' She then returned to her carriage and drove to the golden castle of Stromberg.