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[drahyv-throo] /ˈdraɪvˌθru/
the act of driving through a specified locality or place, especially driving into a place of business, completing a transaction from one's car, and driving out:
a quick drive-through of Beverly Hills; The bank has outside tellers' windows to accept deposits by drive-through.
designed to accommodate or arranged for a drive-through:
a drive-through zoo; a drive-through car wash.
Origin of drive-through
1970-75; noun, adj. use of verb phrase drive through Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The last one is waist-high, smaller than the others, and resembles a stunted drive-through squawk box.
  • Nightclubs have opened, even a drive-through pharmacy.
  • The place was quiet inside, but the drive-through was bustling, and service was a tad slow.
  • The outdoor playgrounds and drive-through windows are nonexistent.
  • We have never had a drive-through tree here, as cutting the hole would endanger the health of the tree.
Word Origin and History for drive-through

1949 (in an advertisement for the Beer Vault Drive-Thru in Ann Arbor, Michigan), from drive (v.) + through.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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