Definition of what someone is driving at in English:

what someone is driving at


  • The point that someone is attempting to make.

    ‘I don't understand what you're driving at’
    • ‘You can see what Mahoney is driving at: that materialism is no substitute for morality.’
    • ‘Ultimately, what Crichton is driving at is a relatively simple point: that man's vision, either past or forward, is remarkably short-sighted.’
    • ‘He gave his brother an odd look. ‘What are you driving at?’’
    • ‘Perhaps what Ferguson is driving at is the need to keep winning and winning.’
    • ‘It was cryptic, but currency markets traders knew exactly what the G7, or more precisely, Mr Snow, was driving at.’
    suggest, imply, hint at, allude to, intimate, insinuate, indicate, have in mind
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