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

drive (or hammer or press or ram) something home


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

    • ‘He pressed the argument home: ‘Here again are yet more events in the real world that are consistent with climate change predictions.’’
    • ‘Two attacks this year drove home the need for improved security in Internet Explorer.’
    • ‘New Labour relied on its supporters in the trade union leadership to ram that message home.’
    • ‘It drove home to me the sense of optimism and positivism that is around in New Zealand at the moment.’
    • ‘We get messages about our responsibilities toward ourselves and our children, and these messages are hammered home by three songs.’
    • ‘He was confident, he was direct, he drove his points home.’
    • ‘Depriving us of the end of the story renders it difficult for him to drive home the central theme of continuity.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As well as enforcing the speed limit, police will speak to bikers to drive home the safety message.’
    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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