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    Default "I drove right by it"

    I could have gone to the grocery store yesterday. I drove right by it.

    What does "drive by" mean?




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    Default Re: "I drove right by it"

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    I could have gone to the grocery store yesterday. I drove right by it.

    What does "drive by" mean?



    It means "to drive past". The person is saying that it would have been easy for them to go to the grocery store yesterday because when they were in the car they drove directly past the grocery store. It would have been easy for them to just stop and go into the store, but they didn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    I could have gone to the grocery store yesterday. I drove right by it.

    What does "drive by" mean?



    I don't see the difficulty. You know what 'drive' means, and 'by' (in the context of driving). Was 'right' the problem?

    Incidentally, 'drive-by' has a specific use with reference to gun crime - the phrase 'a drive-by shooting' is often abbreviated to (just) a 'drive-by' - informal, and mostly Am Eng (because we don't do that sort of thing so much over here )

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    Default Re: "I drove right by it"

    The drive-by is not to be confused with the drive-thru, another product of our love affair with the automobile.

    Drive-through - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Default Re: "I drove right by it"

    Or indeed a Drive-in - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (product of the same affair). [So few words, so many meanings...]

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