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[drahyv-bahy] /ˈdraɪvˌbaɪ/
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 Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Electromagnetic radiation from any source could easily interfere with drive-by-wire or local electronics.
  • The truth of the matter is the book was a drive-by job.
  • drive-by-wire is not cheap, but it reduces the number of components needed to do the job.
  • GM has thrown its weight behind all-electric, drive-by-wire designs.
  • It also has a drive-by-wire electronic throttle system to match gear speeds while downshifting.
  • Three people have been indicted in connection with a drive-by shooting.
  • Neither she nor her home were the intended targets of the drive-by.
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
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Slang definitions & phrases for drive-by



Performed casually and callously while or as if while merely driving past: Chicago woman convicted of the drive-by shooting of a teenage boy/ Broder and Woodward correctly chide the political press for practicing quick, drive-by journalism rather than trying to elevate the level of discussion/ a drive-by debate (1990s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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