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Drive Idioms

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In the driving seat

When you are in the driving seat, you are in control of a situation.

"During negotiations, he felt he was in the driving seat."

The driving force

The driving force behind someone or something is the person or thing that motivates and directs it.

"His wife was the real driving force behind his success."

Driving blind

You drive blind when you are unable to see ahead or when you don't have enough knowledge about something.

We were young and unexperienced when we started the business. We were driving blind for the first few years.

Drive up the wall/ drive round the bend/ drive crazy

These three idioms all refer to something that annoys or irritates us.

My neighbour's dog barking is driving me up the wall.

It drives me round the bend when you leave dirty dishes in the sink.

People who eat with their mouths open drive me crazy.

Drive home

When you drive something home, you say something clearly and with force so people understand.

To drive home his point he repeated the sentence.

Drive up/ down the price

When something drives up or down the price, it forces it up or down.

The high demand for this product has driven the price up.

The new airport in the city is so noisey, it's driven down house prices in the area.

What are you driving at?

When you ask someone what they really mean, you ask them what they are driving at.

Just what are you driving at?

  • 1) She spoke loudly to drive ___ her point.

  • 2) What's the driving ___ behind your success?

  • 3) It drives me __ when people don't say please and thank you.

  • 4) The shortage in oil really drove ___ the price.

  • 5) I'm not sure what you are driving ___.