noun, plural drive-bys.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for drive-by

as a modifier, by 1989 (originally of shootings), from drive (v.) + by.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper