To drive to the wall

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To drive to the wall to bring to extremities; to push to extremes; to get the advantage of, or mastery over.
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Usage

In literature:

This one he reached with his heavy stick, striking it repeatedly and driving it to the wall.
"Jungle Tales of Tarzan" by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Bellingham was, in his way, part of that conspiracy by which Lapham's creditors were trying to drive him to the wall.
"The Rise of Silas Lapham" by William Dean Howells
So they all got out of the wagon, since the door in the wall was not big enough for them to drive the Sawhorse and wagon through it.
"The Emerald City of Oz" by L. Frank Baum
I knew what the spikes were for, of course; to drive into the wall between the stones and climb up by.
"Robbery Under Arms" by Thomas Alexander Browne, AKA Rolf Boldrewood
This was mainly because the rocky walls narrowed at a slight bend to the west, so that the drive was throttled, as it were.
"The Blazed Trail" by Stewart Edward White
But that don't make it wise in Bianca to drive him to the wall more than need be.
"A Siren" by Thomas Adolphus Trollope
Six hundred horsemen ploughed through them, driving them to the very walls of the Castle.
"Truxton King" by George Barr McCutcheon
That is a walled drive which runs part of the way up to the rock.
"The Lighted Match" by Charles Neville Buck
Twice the fierce Tuscans, spurring o'er the fields, Drive the Rutulians to their walls in flight.
"The Aeneid of Virgil" by Virgil
He couldn't drive a nail in the wall to hang a picture or patch a hole in the plaster.
"The Sky Is Falling" by Lester del Rey
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In news:

John Wall drives to the basket against Elton Brand of Philadelphia.
He used a traditional method, driving a stake through the first eel 's brain (nailing eels to a wall is also common), which killed it but didn't stop it from squirming around.
MONMOUTH COUNTY – A Sayreville woman and a Freehold man were arrested for drunken driving in separate incidents in Wall Township over the weekend, according to Patch.
Santa Ana-based storage drive maker STEC Inc.'s hammering on Wall Street earlier this month prompted an analyst to up his rating on the stock.
Eighteen months after the economic meltdown, and following successful drives for stimulus and health reform legislation, why has Washington been unable to deliver serious financial reform and rein in Wall Street.
Shelton/Reporter-News Wall's Shanna Holik (left) drives to the basket while being guarded by Clyde's Jessica Baird during their game Friday night at Hardin-Simmons' Mabee Athletic Complex.
At Senate hearing, Cantwell says Wall Street investors driving up the price of oil need to 'get out of this market.
Coco Crisp lifted off and seemed to glide laterally toward the wall in center, his glove extending just over the top, Prince Fielder's drive smacking into its webbing.
On the outside wall of Peña's, a drive-thru window has been carved out of the brick and cars whip through in the mornings to grab kolaches and donuts by the dozen.
Matt Treanor led off the fourth with a drive to deep center, and the ball tipped off the glove of Justin Maxwell and went over the wall.
A concrete form section is hoisted over the wall as crews work to construct wall forms for a concrete pour at the new St Mary's Health Center on Mission Drive.
Rick Hudson/Special to the Caller Times John Paul's Kyle Munguia drives this pitch over the left field wall for a two run home run in the bottom of the 4th inning giving the Centurions a 7-2 lead over the visiting Hyde Park Baptist Panthers.
Elvis Andrus was the first victim of Duncan's glove when he hit a drive to the left-field wall with one out in the bottom of the first.
Visitors to The Taylor Woods/Thorp Preserve on Hunt Lane and Thorp Drive, and the Tall Pines Preserve located at Fanton Hill Road and Twin Walls Lane reported last week that coyotes had followed them and their dogs.
The first floor art wall at Northgate at Menno Haven, 1500 Northfield Drive, Chambersburg, is open to the public from 9 am to 8 pm daily through Jan 3 to view a photography exhibit by Bruce E Morgan, Bethesda, Md.
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In science:

In part, the implied relatively high cell-edge fractions can be attributed to the fact that surface tension forces drive mass out of the cell walls into the edges.
Elastic moduli of model random three-dimensional closed-cell cellular solids
The physical reason of the first-order transition is due to the boundary condition at the wall z = 0, which results in a reduction of number of conformations, and drives the transition to be first-order.
Localization of a random heteropolymer onto a surface
In this regime the density perturbation is exponentially localized at the elastic wall opposite to the driving wall.
Symmetry-breaking instability in a prototypical driven granular gas
An important issue is to eliminate the static friction between the particles and surface that occurs far enough from the driving wall.
Symmetry-breaking instability in a prototypical driven granular gas
Due to inelastic collisions, the granular temperature goes down with increasing distance from the driving wall.
Symmetry breaking and coarsening of clusters in a prototypical driven granular gas
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