- the action of driving by a specified locality, object, etc.: a drive-by of Nelson's Monument.
- a drive-by shooting: The gang member was killed in a drive-by.
- consisting of or featuring a drive-by: We boarded the sightseeing bus for a drive-by tour of the nation's capital.
- occurring while driving past a person, object, etc.: a drive-by shooting.
- casual; superficial; offhand: a drive-by news analysis.
- involving a brief stay in a hospital, clinic, etc.: a drive-by mastectomy.
Origin of drive-by
noun, adj. use of verb phrase drive by
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Examples from the Web for drive-by
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More, his drive-by shouting has had the complete adverse effect, building into the most unlikely of successful comedy careers.How 'Billy on the Street' Star Billy Eichner Turned Screaming at Strangers Into Comedy Gold
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A week earlier, a drive-by shooting had rocked that same neighborhood, taking five lives and injuring four.Keeping Tabs on Obama’s Church Attendance Is No Way to Gauge His Faith
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Word Origin and History for drive-by
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