Verbal Ability - Idioms and Phrases - Discussion

Discussion :: Idioms and Phrases - Section 1 (Q.No.4)

Some proverbs/idioms are given below together with their meanings. Choose the correct meaning of proverb/idiom, If there is no correct meaning given, E (i.e.) 'None of these' will be the answer.


To drive home

[A]. To find one's roots
[B]. To return to place of rest
[C]. Back to original position
[D]. To emphasise
[E]. None of these

Answer: Option D


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Abhiruchi said: (Jan 5, 2011)  
Can you tell full meaning of "To emphasise".

Mehtab said: (Jan 14, 2011)  
@abhiruty give extra waitage

Teena said: (Jan 20, 2011)  
Did not understand please explain.

Tatai said: (Jan 20, 2011)  
To say something very clearly and with a lot of force, often repeating it several times, so that you are sure that people understand it.

Teja said: (Feb 17, 2011)  
Stress put on certain words in speaking or greater force of voice used in words to make them more noticeable.

Ex: In writing we sometime underline words in order to show emphasis.

Shruti Rao said: (Apr 20, 2011)  
Can anyone please explain how emphasize would justify the phrase "To drive home?".

Vidhya said: (May 21, 2011)  
Ya it has no connection I feel.

Mononjit Sadhukhan said: (Jul 3, 2011)  
I think it will be back to original position.

Aravind Surya said: (Jul 20, 2011)  
The idiomatic expression 'drive home' means 'reinforce' as in 'The company offered unlimited technical support as a way to drive home the message that customer satisfaction was its highest priority.'

emphasise - to stress, single out as important

Anuja Shah said: (Aug 28, 2011)  
Got it. Thanks aravind.

Vijay Kumar said: (Aug 29, 2011)  
Thanks aravind.

Selva said: (Sep 6, 2011)  
Nice aravind.

Chaitu said: (Oct 14, 2011)  
Thnks a lot arvind.

I Flunked In English said: (Oct 24, 2011)  
Drive home - make clear by special emphasis and try to convince somebody of something; "drive home a point or an argument"; "I'm trying to drive home these basic ideas".

Aparna said: (Nov 19, 2011)  
Excellent aravind.

Nivesh said: (Feb 13, 2012)  
Thanks arvind

Shirisha said: (Feb 16, 2012)  
Thanks Aravind.

Disha said: (Feb 21, 2012)  
How emphasize would justify the phrase "To drive home?".

Kavitha.A said: (Sep 2, 2012)  
Please explain the meaning of emphasise, to drive home?

Ank said: (Sep 27, 2012)  
Usage: Tina explained the benefits of the new marketing approach and to drive home her point she showed the sales report.

Mrinmoy said: (Dec 3, 2012)  
Drive something home.

(to someone) Fig. To emphasize an important point about something (to someone). The teacher repeated the point three times just to drive it home. I hope this really drives the importance of safety home to you. The accident drove home the importance of wearing seat-belts to everyone concerned.

Saleem said: (Jun 19, 2013)  
Home relation is go to the original position mean go to the original position.

Monish said: (Oct 21, 2013)  
Drive Home Means want to tell something that others can understand easily.

Sanjay said: (Feb 11, 2014)  
Special importance or significance.

The red light gave the central figure increased emphasis; the room was decorated in shades of grey with distinctive red accents.

Intruder said: (May 24, 2014)  
Hi Sundar,

Can you give an example by forming a sentence please?

Rajneesh said: (Aug 31, 2014)  
Why can't be C, to return home?

Ayush said: (Jan 23, 2015)  
I think the 'to return home' means to be in original position.

Sumit Tiwari said: (Mar 2, 2015)  
I think it answer should be to be in original position. Can someone explain me why is it not so?

Archana said: (Jul 30, 2015)  
To drive home - To lay emphasis on.

Usage - The teacher drove home in his lecture, the importance of national integration.

Anonymous said: (Sep 11, 2015)  
Hey friends.

Here is its actual meaning!

It can have two probable meanings:

1. Carry out or perform.

Ex: The boxer drove home a solid left.

2. Make clear by special emphasis and try to convince somebody of something.

Ex: I'm trying to drive home this basic idea.

Niharika said: (Dec 29, 2016)  
Thanks @Aravind Surya.

Bikram Kesharee said: (Feb 1, 2017)  
Friends, Undoubtedly drive home means to return to home/ original position, but as the phrase is used as an idiom, Its meaning can't be inferred from the words that make it up. So it is used in a different context here.

It's clear in this example- The manager used charts and statistics to drive home his message that we need to economize. (To emphasise an important point to make it clear).

Teju said: (Mar 13, 2017)  
Thanks for all your explanation.

Sukanya said: (Mar 27, 2017)  
Yeah, can anyone explain with proper real-time examples?

Arathy said: (Oct 11, 2017)  
Drive home -to lay emphasis on.

Usage-The teacher drove home in his lecture the importance of pollution.

Vishard said: (Jun 26, 2018)  
Yes this answer is meaningless

Priyanshu said: (Jun 14, 2020)  
To say something in a very strong or forceful way.

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