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Get to the heart of a matter, make perfectly clear. For example, The crash brought home the danger of drinking and driving. This term uses home in the figurative sense of “touching someone or something closely.” [ Second half of 1800s ]
Contemporary Examples

The Week’s Best Longreads: The Daily Beast Picks for July 27, 2012 David Sessions July 27, 2012
You Should Meet My Mother The Daily Beast May 7, 2009
The O Word: Christopher Dickey on What Occupation Means Today Christopher Dickey December 5, 2011
The State of the Union Should Be More Like the Super Bowl Kevin Bleyer January 31, 2014
‘Gods of Suburbia’: Dina Goldstein’s Arresting Photo Series on Religion vs. Consumerism Dina Goldstein November 7, 2014

Historical Examples

Trial of the Officers and Crew of the Privateer Savannah, on the Charge of Piracy, in the United States Circuit Court for the Southern District of New York A. F. Warburton
Across the Spanish Main Harry Collingwood
The Vicissitudes of Bessie Fairfax Harriet Parr
Land of the Burnt Thigh Edith Eudora Kohl
The Traditional Games of England, Scotland, and Ireland (Vol II of II) Alice Bertha Gomme


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