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    #1

    drive somebody to the limit of their patience.

    Is "drive to the limit of patience" an idiom? If it is an idiom this means drive does not fit with single definitions.

    Example: "Toddy Beamish disagreed with everthing that Fotheringay said, and drove him to the limit of his patience."

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    #2

    Re: drive somebody to the limit of their patience.

    You could replace "drove" with pushed.
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    #3

    Re: drive somebody to the limit of their patience.

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    Is "drive to the limit of patience" an idiom? If it is an idiom this means drive does not fit with single definitions.
    It's in line with definitions of the verb I found in several dictionaries at www.onelook.com.
    Last edited by Piscean; 30-May-2017 at 19:31. Reason: typo

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    #4

    Re: drive somebody to the limit of their patience.

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    It's in lne with definitions of the verb I found in several dictionaries at www.onelook.com.
    What's lne? When I write drive patience in www.onelook.com it turns nothing.

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    #5

    Re: drive somebody to the limit of their patience.

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    What's lne?
    You caught me before I noticed my typo.

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    Re: drive somebody to the limit of their patience.

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    What's lne? When I write drive patience in www.onelook.com it turns nothing.
    Try just looking up 'drive', as I did.

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    #7

    Re: drive somebody to the limit of their patience.

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    You caught me before I noticed my typo.
    It's not important but how did you find that phrase in onelook? I am stuck.

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    #8

    Re: drive somebody to the limit of their patience.

    I did not look for 'drive patience' at www.onelook.com. I looked up 'drive' in two or three dictionaries there and found definitions that fitted the use f the verb in your original sentence.

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    #9

    Re: drive somebody to the limit of their patience.

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    I did not look for 'drive patience' at www.onelook.com. I looked up 'drive' in two or three dictionaries there and found definitions that fitted the use f the verb in your original sentence.

    The verb drive has a number of different meanings. I cannot distinguish between them. Would you give the link with the number of definition which fits with drive used above as you did in your previous posts.

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    #10

    Re: drive somebody to the limit of their patience.

    No.

    It's about time you started to make an effort to work out which definition(s) applied to the words in sentences you post here.

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