drive at


drive at
mean

I really don't know what he was trying to get at during the meeting.

• to drive at
• to get at
try or want to say something

I don't know what he was driving at in his speech.

to mean, to intend

But look here, you can see what I'm driving at, can't you? It would surely be quite easy for you to get me in on your visits to the docks. (J. Wain)

"Just don't make things complicated, Tony," she said gently. "You may think you're having fun, but it's bound to be serious for other people." - "What are you getting at, Prue? If there's something on your mind, tell me." - "Very well then. I'll tell you. I mean that you and Lilly are having an affair." (M. Wilson)

"I could never bear the thought of any child of mine going to the Coloured Mission School."

"What are you getting at"? Anthony's in a white school, isn't he?" (G. Gordon)


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