driving\ at

v
To try or want to say; mean. - Used in the present participle.

John did not understand what the coach was driving at.

He had been talking for half an hour before anyone realized what he was driving at.


Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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