drive home

Make clearly understood, make a point, as in The network news programs drive home the fact that violence is part of urban life. This expression uses the verb drive in the sense of “force by a blow or thrust” (as in driving a nail). Samuel Hieron used it in Works (1607): “That I may ... drive home the nail of this exhortation even to the head.”


Nearby words

  1. drivage,
  2. drive,
  3. drive a hard bargain,
  4. drive a nail into one's coffin,
  5. drive at,
  6. drive screw,
  7. drive shaft,
  8. drive someone crazy,
  9. drive time,
  10. drive to drink

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