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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.”
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  • When the school is done for the day, he goes out to the field to drive home the cows.

  • Mengs ordered the coachman to drive home, and I was put to bed.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • We do not drive home by the high road as you do, but go on foot through the forest, and the days are short.

    Little Peter Lucas Malet
  • "Put him in the wagon, and we will drive home," said Captain Fishley.

    Down The River Oliver Optic
  • He had been so imprudent as to drive home in the humid air of a January evening and he had caught a cold.

    Recollections David Christie Murray

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