1. (also ride-by) a shooting that is carried out by gunmen firing from a moving car.
|[||Glitter Dome (1982) 45: Then there’s that Korean girl who got shot on the drive-by homicide].|
|Barrio Gangs 133: Drive-bys, a more widespread gang habit in recent years, have become a common occurrence. Drive-bys usually are premeditated.|
|Monster (1994) 43: I did so many ride-bys, drive-ups, drive-throughs and chase-aways in her car.|
|Guardian G2 24 Nov. 2: ‘We don’t know whether it was a drive-by or a walk-up,’ said a police spokesman.|
|Westsiders 98: Los Angeles has given the twentieth century many new words and phrases: one of them is ‘drive-by’.|
|(con. 1990s) in One of the Guys 141: ‘For maybe a drive-by they might wanna have a bunch of dudes’.|
|inGangs 31: I don’t really like to do drive-bys, because innocent people might get hit, you know? My homeboy shot a baby in the head. He felt bad about it [...] but he was like, ‘Thats what happens sometimes.’.|
|‘Take It There’ [lyrics] Doing drive-bys, hitting no one, bruh that's a waste.|
|The Force [ebook] Da Force is with you, not against you. Unless you’re slinging dope, assaulting people, raping women, doing drive-bys.|
2. in attrib. use of sense 1.
|Sellout (2016) 22: Some drive-by homie, representing some color, clique [...] can stick his gauge out the passenger-side window of a two-tone coupe.|
3. a slow drive past a given place; no violence is involved.
|Curvy Lovebox 21: Left by them railings. Do a li’l drive-by.|
4. surveillance from a moving car.
|Sweet La-La Land (1999) 184: They gave me two uniforms, one to a shift, two shifts. Also frequent drive-bys.|