Definition of home adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//həʊm//
    ; NAmE 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 America. It was a lovely day so I walked home. Anna will drive me home after work. Hopefully the doctors will allow her home tomorrow. (North American English) I like to stay home in the evenings.
  2. into correct position
  3. 2into the correct position She leaned on the door and pushed the bolt home. He drove the ball home (= scored a goal) from 15 metres. The torpedo struck home on the hull of the ship.
  4. Word OriginOld English hām, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch heem and German Heim.Idioms
    be home and dry (British English) (North American English 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 and dry.
    (informal) 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 somebody 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.
    to become completely clear to somebody, 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 somebody 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 somebody understand or accept something by saying it often, loudly, angrily, etc. You will really need to drive your point home.
    if a remark, etc. hits/strikes home, it has a strong effect on somebody, in a way that makes them realize what the true facts of a situation are Her face went pale as his words hit home.
    the lights are on but nobody’s home
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    (saying, humorous) used to describe somebody who is stupid, not thinking clearly or not paying attention
    nothing (much) to write home about
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    (informal) not especially good; ordinary The team’s performance was nothing to write home about.
    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 Simon saw she was hesitating and pressed home his advantage. (especially British English) 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 driving too fast in fog. to easily win a race or competition Their horse romped home in the 2 o'clock race. The Dutch team romped to a 5–1 victory over Celtic.
    till the cows come home
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    (informal) 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 American Dictionary entry: home