Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

driving at

driving at
Meaning(s)
1) suggesting or leading towards
  • How to MemorizePopularity MediumProfessional MediumSocial
    • not sure what you're driving at
  • Analysis
     This is a phrasal verb used to ask someone what they are implying or saying indirectly. ‘What were you driving at with that comment earlier?’ ‘I felt he was driving at something else when he mentioned the artwork earlier.’ It is an expression you are more likely to hear in a formal setting.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. You know exactly what I'm driving at. You need to do this, because I can't!
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. I'm not really sure what you're driving at here. Are you suggesting that I was responsible for the downturn in Sales?
  • Further Suggestions
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