Definition of bring something home to in English:

bring something home to


  • Make (someone) realize the full significance of something.

    ‘her first-hand account brought home to me the pain of the experience’
    • ‘But on a more serious note Mr Flanagan said being in jail brought many things home to him about the underprivileged who tend to make up the majority of the prisoners.’
    • ‘The horror of the situation was brought home to me by the story of one mother who I worked with.’
    • ‘He said the deaths brought the war home to the community.’
    • ‘Mr Grant, defending, said: ‘Mr Harper is full of remorse and the breakdown of his relationship has brought his alcoholism home to him.’’
    • ‘Perhaps the bitter experience of the stock market, which fell by over 60% in the past few months, has brought that point home to all concerned.’
    • ‘Two recent revelations brought this point home to me in a significant way.’
    • ‘Maybe this tragedy will bring it home to similarly minded people that this is nothing to do with class struggle.’
    • ‘But when the issue is brought home to them, war becomes as important, for the necessary period, as business or sport.’
    • ‘‘It really brought it home to people and they realised just how dangerous chip pan fires can be if not dealt with correctly,’ said Mr Hancock.’
    • ‘Emblazoned on the side of buses, the adverts use text message style English to ensure the advice is brought home to York youngsters.’
    make someone realize, make someone understand, make someone aware of, make someone conscious of, make something clear to someone, drive home, press home, impress upon someone, draw attention to, focus attention on, point up, underline, highlight, spotlight, foreground, emphasize, stress
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