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 something into position completely by force.
    • 1969, James Plunkett, Strumpet City, 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. (figuratively, transitive) To emphasize (a point) with tangible or powerful demonstration.
    • 1905, Edith Wharton, chapter 14, in The House of Mirth, New York, N.Y.: Charles Scribner’s Sons, OCLC 909409573:
      She had dropped sideways in Gerty's big arm-chair, her head buried where lately Selden's had leaned, in a beauty of abandonment that drove home to Gerty's aching senses the inevitableness of her own defeat.
    • 1919 October 20, Virginia Woolf, chapter XXII, in Night and Day, London: Duckworth and Company [], OCLC 598428:
      Anything, she thought, was better than bickering or the strange silence which drove home to her the distance between them.
    • 2021 June 14, Mark Landler, “Boris Johnson’s ‘Global Britain’ Makes Shaky Start at G7 Summit”, in The New York Times[1], ISSN 0362-4331:
      The urgent need for vaccines was driven home by the expected postponement on Monday of Britain’s plan to reopen, caused by the spread of a variant known as Delta among the unvaccinated population.
  3. Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see drive,‎ home.
    He decided not to drive home right away.
    He was afraid he would doze off on the long drive home.

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