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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theydrill into
he/she/itdrills into
present participledrilling into
past tensedrilled into
past participledrilled into
  1. drill something into someone to make someone learn or understand something by telling them about it many times

    If you do something you should never do it half-heartedly. My parents drilled that into us when we were young.

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