drive home

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drive home (third-person singular simple present drives home, present participle driving home, simple past drove home, past participle driven home)

  1. (transitive) To push to or into a target.
    • 1969, James Plunkett, Strumpet City: A Novel, page 396:
      He grunted as he drove each nail home.
    • 1996, Harry Harrison, One King's Way, page 186:
      Karli shook himself, drove home the last nail with a flat stone, straightened up.
    • 2004, Judith Tarr, Queen of the Amazons, page 293:
      Just as Ione began to slow, she struck Ione's sword aside and drove her own blade home.
  2. (idiomatic, transitive) To emphasize (a point) with tangible or powerful demonstration.
    “I do what I like”, he said, and — just to drive home the point — he spat on the newly-cleaned floor.
  3. (idiomatic, transitive) To push something into position completely by force - often with a hammer.

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