drive (someone) to an early grave

Definition of drive (someone) to an early grave

:to cause someone to die when fairly young
  • A hard life drove him to an early grave.

Word by Word Definitions

drive play
  1. : to frighten or prod (game, cattle, etc.) into moving in a desired direction

  2. : to go through (an area) driving game animals

  3. : to carry on or through energetically

  1. : an act of driving:

  2. : a trip in a carriage or automobile

  3. : an instance of collecting and moving animals (such as game or cattle) together in a desired direction

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

early play
  1. : near the beginning of a period of time

  2. : near the beginning of a course, process, or series

  3. : before the usual or expected time

  1. : of, relating to, or occurring near the beginning of a period of time, a development, or a series

  2. : distant in past time

  3. : primitive

grave play
  1. : dig, excavate

  2. : to carve or shape with a chisel : sculpture

  3. : to carve or cut (something, such as letters or figures) into a hard surface : engrave

  1. : an excavation (see excavation 2) for burial of a body

  2. : death

  3. : death

  1. : to clean and pay with pitch

  1. : authoritative, weighty

  2. : meriting serious consideration : important

  3. : likely to produce great harm or danger

  1. : a grave accent ` used to show that a vowel is pronounced with a fall of pitch (as in ancient Greek), that a vowel has a certain quality (such as è in French), that a final e is stressed and close and that a final o is stressed and low (as in Italian), that a syllable has a degree of stress between maximum and minimum (as in phonetic transcription), or that the e of the English ending -ed is to be pronounced (as in "this cursèd day")

  1. : slowly and solemnly


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