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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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Rather than leaving us in the car park, all five of us piled into her car and she drove us to the B&B out of the kindness of her heart.
In one it looked like we were coming out of Cruise's drive because they drove us to where he lived.
He helped my husband to his feet and then went to the taxi rank and brought a taxi, which came and picked me up at home and then drove us to Whiston hospital.
We got wasted, and Jimmy was in town visiting family so he drove us to the airport.
She drove us to another store, where her wisdom about dog fleas was still of value, even if the store was ordinary.
I want to believe that the rising smoke marks the beginning of an era--one devoid of the hatred, arrogance, and paranoia that drove us to create the chemicals that lie buried, seeping and leaking, in this field all around me.
They drove us to our land and then to a bed and breakfast in Hartville, Mo., where we rested up after the long bus ride.