Here's the sentence: Inside her muff, Anna drove her hands together.

I can't find the meaning of the expression anywhere. I thought "clasped her hands" but not sure.

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    It's not a fixed phrase or idiom: it means exactly what it says, with drive in its core sense, from which all other senses are derived, = "push, impel". Commented Aug 5, 2017 at 14:49
  • Anna is pushing her hands hard against each other. As @StoneyB says, you can get this from the dictionary meaning. Commented Aug 5, 2017 at 15:53

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As StoneyB said, it literally means that she is pushing them towards each other. The word was probably chosen because it implies force or tension -- most likely reflecting her emotions or something else in the story.

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