Definition of drive-by in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdrīv ˌbī/
chiefly North American


1(Of a shooting or other act) carried out from a passing vehicle: a drive-by shooting
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  • Guerrillas detonated two bombs, and carried out two drive-by shootings and a stabbing in a little over an hour.
  • We all know from the movies that the city suffers car-jackings and rapes and drive-by shootings but what happened this month at a park in the LA suburbs was shocking even by California standards.
  • Police hunting a gunman after a drive-by shooting left a man seriously injured have made two arrests.
1.1 informal, chiefly US Superficial or casual; hurried: they practice drive-by journalism rather than trying to elevate the level of discussion
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  • If casual drive-by encounters comprised all of one's impressions of most cooperatives in Sri Lanka, there would be little to make them seem worthy of note.
  • A friend of mine suggested that we might need a law for those who commit drive-by journalism and then profit from it later.
  • OK, so the reporter did some drive-by reporting.


A shooting carried out from a passing vehicle.
Example sentences
  • We've had several incidents where they've used drive-bys and actually have gone and assassinated people in their homes.
  • Usually drive-bys are reserved for rival gang members.
  • The weather might keep you from the average youngster's schedule of playing croquet and partaking in drive-bys, but I've got some really fun stuff that you can make in your own home with everyday objects.
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