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    drive to the wall

    I've never used the verb "drive" in any other meaning except for "drive a car". Is it normal to say "He drove his brother to the wall" meaning "He pressed his brother against the wall with force, threatening him"?

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    Re: drive to the wall

    It's meaning #3 here:

    verb (past drove; past part. driven)
    • 1 operate and control the direction and speed of a motor vehicle.■ convey in a car.

    • 2 propel or carry along by force.■ provide the power to operate (a machine).
      ■ (in ball games) hit or kick (the ball) hard.
      ■ bore (a tunnel).

    • 3 urge or force to move in a specified direction.

    • 4 compel to act in a particular way: he was driven by ambition.



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