- a motion-picture theater, refreshment stand, bank, or other public facility designed to accommodate patrons in their automobiles.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of such an establishment: Drive-in business far exceeded walk-in business.
Origin of drive-in
1925–30, Americanism; noun, adj. use of verb phrase drive in
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On the way out of town we stopped at a drive-in grocery to buy ice for the cooler.‘The Land of the Permanent Wave’ Is Bud Shrake’s Classic Take on ‘60s Texas
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He made suggestions to the manager of the drive-in burger restaurant about what should be on the jukebox.
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He came around a blind corner of the drive-in lane just as an SUV pulled up.The Reverse Travyon Martin Case and the Other George Zimmerman
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On the drive-in, Adine stopped the car while Davy invoiced his available cash at sixty-five dollars.David Lannarck, Midget
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And this drive-in grocery that I was talking about, if you remember there—I think I had seen her there.Warren Commission (11 of 26): Hearings Vol. XI (of 15)
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As soon as possible, however, a shop which is large enough to have a drive-in should be rented or built.
A drive-in is also convenient if a customer leaves his car while his battery is being repaired.
As soon as growth of business permits, a shop should have a drive-in, so that the customer may bring his car off the street.
- denoting a public facility or service designed to be used by patrons seated in their carsa drive-in bank
- mainly US and Canadian a cinema designed to be used in such a manner
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Word Origin and History for drive-in
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