drive home

Idioms & Phrases

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."

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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drive home

verb
1. carry out or perform; "deliver an attack", "deliver a blow"; "The boxer drove home a solid left" [syn: deliver
2. make clear by special emphasis and try to convince somebody of something; "drive home a point or an argument"; "I'm trying to drive home these basic ideas" 
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