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home

2 adverb
     
home2 S1 W1
1 to or at the place where you live:
Is Sue home from work yet?
bring/take somebody/something home
They brought the baby home from the hospital on Friday.
We stayed home last night.
I'm going home now. See you tomorrow.
come/get/reach etc home (=arrive at your home)
It was midnight by the time we got home.
What time are you coming home?
! Do not use a preposition (a word such as 'at' or 'to') before home when it is an adverb: I travel home by bus (NOT I travel at home by bus).He returned home (NOT He returned to home).
2

take home £120 per week/$600 a month etc

to earn a certain amount of money after tax has been taken off:
The average worker takes home around $300 a week.
3

hit/drive/hammer etc something home

a) to make sure that someone understands what you mean by saying it in an extremely direct and determined way:
We really need to drive this message home.
b) to hit or push something firmly into the correct position
4

bring something home to somebody/come home to somebody

to make you realize how serious, difficult, or dangerous something is:
The episode has brought home to me the pointlessness of this war.
5

hit/strike home

if a remark, situation, or experience hits home, it makes you realize how serious, difficult, or dangerous something is:
She could see that her remark had hit home.
6

be home and dry

British English informal to have succeeded in doing something
7

be home free

American English informal to have succeeded in doing the most difficult part of something:
If I last five years with no symptoms, I'll be home free.

➔ close to home

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