Idioms for drive

    let drive, to aim a blow or missile at; attack: He let drive at his pursuers.

Origin of drive

First recorded before 900; Middle English drīven, Old English drīfan; cognate with Dutch drijven, Old Norse drīfa, Gothic dreiban, German treiben

OTHER WORDS FROM drive

synonym study for drive

2, 15. Drive, ride are used interchangeably to mean traveling in an automobile or, formerly, in a horse-drawn vehicle. These two words are not synonyms in other connections. To drive is to maneuver, guide, or steer the progress of a vehicle, animal, etc.: to drive a bus, a horse. To ride is to be carried about by an animal or be carried as a passenger in a vehicle: to ride a horse, a train, a bus.
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British Dictionary definitions for drive at (1 of 2)

drive at

verb

(intr, preposition) informal to intend or meanwhat are you driving at?

British Dictionary definitions for drive at (2 of 2)

drive
/ (draɪv) /

verb drives, driving, drove (drəʊv) or driven (ˈdrɪvən)

noun

Derived forms of drive

drivable or driveable, adjectivedrivability or driveability, noun

Word Origin for drive

Old English drīfan; related to Old Frisian drīva, Old Norse drīfa, Gothic dreiban, Old High German trīban
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Medical definitions for drive at

drive
[ drīv ]

n.

A strong motivating tendency or instinct, especially of sexual or aggressive origin, that prompts activity toward a particular end.
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Idioms and Phrases with drive at

drive at

Mean to do or say, as in I don't understand what he's driving at. Today this idiom, first recorded in 1579, is used mainly with the participle driving.

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