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hammer (something) home

To make something extremely clear; to make someone understand or realize something, especially through forceful repetition. (Can also be constructed as "hammer home (something).") John hammers their financial difficulties home whenever his wife suggests they buy something new. He needs to hammer home the fact that she was cleared of all charges before the election began.
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hammer something home

Fig. to try extremely hard to make someone understand or realize something. The boss hopes to hammer the firm's poor financial position home to the staff. I tried to hammer home to Anne the fact that she would have to get a job.
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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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Each side had penalty appeals turned down before Oldham increased their lead when Tony Butler skied an attempted clearance and the ball broke for Stuart Barlow to hammer home.
Cleveland Fire Brigade will hammer home the dangers of chip pans with the "Ban the Pan Forever" drive to coincide with National Chip Week in a bid to rid Teesside of killer chip pans.
Eastwood pounced on an error by defender Roger Johnson and raced in from the right to hammer home.
The striker's effort at goal was saved by goalkeeper Andy Marriott only for Tony Butler to hammer home the rebound.
Mr Gill said: ''We are being crippled and I intend to lose no opportunity to hammer home this fact.''
Carlisle took the lead after just four minutes, Matt Jansen setting up Andy Couzens to hammer home.
Mark Yardley watched Ajax ace Patrick Kluivert hammer home volley after volley in a practice session at Love Street on Tuesday.
A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: "By confiscating the scooter and so removing the problem, this may hammer home the message more successfully than a caution."
The striker got up to hammer home the kick for United.
The visitors looked impressive from the kick-off and took the lead early on when striker Bruce Dyer hit the post with a 20-yard effort, and Kevin Betsy followed up to hammer home the rebound.