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noun, plural drive-bys.
  1. the action of driving by a specified locality, object, etc.: a drive-by of Nelson's Monument.
  2. a drive-by shooting: The gang member was killed in a drive-by.
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  1. consisting of or featuring a drive-by: We boarded the sightseeing bus for a drive-by tour of the nation's capital.
  2. occurring while driving past a person, object, etc.: a drive-by shooting.
  3. casual; superficial; offhand: a drive-by news analysis.
  4. involving a brief stay in a hospital, clinic, etc.: a drive-by mastectomy.
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Origin of drive-by

noun, adj. use of verb phrase drive by
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as a modifier, by 1989 (originally of shootings), from drive (v.) + by.

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