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Definition of home adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    home

     adverb
    adverb
    NAmE//hoʊm//
     
     
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    where you live
  1. 1 to or at the place where you live Come on, it's time to go home. What time did you get home last night? The trip has been exhausting and I'll be glad to be home. After a month, they went back home to the U.S. It was a beautiful day so I walked home. Anna will drive me home after work. Hopefully the doctors will allow her to go home tomorrow. I like to stay home in the evenings.
  2. into correct position
  3. 2 into the correct position She leaned on the door and pushed the bolt home. He drove the ball home (= scored a goal) from 50 feet. The torpedo struck home on the hull of the ship.
  4. Idioms
    be home free
     
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    to have done something successfully, especially when it was difficult I could see the finish line and thought I was home free.
    bring home the bacon (informal)
     
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    to be successful at something; to earn money for your family to live on His friends had all gone to college or were bringing home the bacon.
    bring something home to somebody
     
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    to make someone realize how important, difficult, or serious something is The sight of his pale face brought home to me how ill he really was. The television pictures brought home to us the full horror of the attack.
    come home to somebody
     
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    to become completely clear to someone, often in a way that is painful It suddenly came home to him that he was never going to see Julie again.
    something comes home to roost (also the chickens come home to roost)
     
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    used to say that if someone says or does something bad or wrong, it will affect them badly in the future
    drive something home (to somebody)
     
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    to make someone understand or accept something by saying it often, loudly, angrily, etc. You will really need to drive your point home.
    hit/strike home
     
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    if a remark, etc. hits/ strikes home, it has a strong effect on someone, in a way that makes them realize what the true facts of a situation are Her face went pale as his words hit home.
    nothing (much) to write home about (informal)
     
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    not especially good; ordinary The team's performance was nothing to write home about.
    press something home
     
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    to get as much advantage as possible from a situation by attacking or arguing in a determined way to press home an attack/an argument/a point Simone saw her opponent was hesitating and pressed home her advantage.
    ram somethinghome
     
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    to emphasize an idea, argument, etc. very strongly to make sure people listen to it The ads are intended to ram home the dangers of drunk driving.
    romp home/to victory
     
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    to easily win a race or competition Their horse romped home in the 2 o'clock race.
    till the cows come home (informal)
     
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    for a very long time; for ever You can talk till the cows come home—you'll never make me change my mind.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: home