Definition of drive (or hammer or press or ram) something home in English:

drive (or hammer or press or ram) something home


  • Make something clearly understood by the use of repeated or forcefully direct arguments.

    ‘we must drive home the message that crime doesn't pay’
    • ‘As well as enforcing the speed limit, police will speak to bikers to drive home the safety message.’
    • ‘New Labour relied on its supporters in the trade union leadership to ram that message home.’
    • ‘Depriving us of the end of the story renders it difficult for him to drive home the central theme of continuity.’
    • ‘It drove home to me the sense of optimism and positivism that is around in New Zealand at the moment.’
    • ‘He was confident, he was direct, he drove his points home.’
    • ‘He pressed the argument home: ‘Here again are yet more events in the real world that are consistent with climate change predictions.’’
    • ‘We get messages about our responsibilities toward ourselves and our children, and these messages are hammered home by three songs.’
    • ‘Two attacks this year drove home the need for improved security in Internet Explorer.’
    • ‘The snatches of background we get do manage to highlight, without hammering the point home, all sorts of interesting themes.’
    • ‘For their part, the radicals needed to hammer the nonviolent message home.’
    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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