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drive back

1. To return to some place by driving. It only took us an hour to get here, but with all of this traffic, how long will it take us to drive back? Hey, will any of you guys be driving back to campus soon?
2. To transport someone or something back to some place in a vehicle. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "drive" and "back." Can any of you guys drive me back to campus soon?
3. To force someone or something to move away from someone or something else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "drive" and "back." The ringmaster used a whip to drive the lion back. This tactic should help us to drive back the enemy troops.
See also: back, drive

drive someone or something back

to force someone or something away; to force someone or something to retreat. The infantry drove the attackers back into the desert. They drove back the invading army. We drove them back to the border.
See also: back, drive

drive back

to go in a vehicle back to where it started. Mary drove back and parked the car where it had been when she started. You drive us there and I'll drive back.
See also: back, drive
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We'd leave Sunday morning, drive 200 miles, play golf and then drive back that night."
Irungu then decided to drive back to ask the three men what they were doing.
McCormack had to drive back to Cardiff from Suffolk, knowing that City boss Dave Jones wants to sell him.
1 : to drive back <We tried to repel the enemy.>
Lara's final innings on Indian soil came to an unfortunate and early end when he was run out at the non-striker's end when Irfan Pathan dropped a firm drive back by Marlon Samuels but deflected the ball on to the stumps - with Lara out of his ground, backing up.
So I agreed to drive back with him from the tradeshow in Orlando on Sunday to get back to San Diego for ASR, which was happening the following weekend.
He robbed a house in Longforgan, Perthshire, and stole a car to drive back to the prison and then climbed in a window.
I actually told him that if he changed his mind, he could drive back up here and fight for his place.
The pair began arguing and Sutton decided to drive back to her parents' home.
There were no other flights that night so he decided to hire a vehicle and drive back.''
He bounced back after a double bogey six at the 14th, where he took two hacks to get a drive back on the fairway, with an eagle three at 16.
This last photo is how Ben looked when we got up on Sunday morning to drive back to Austin.
Alan Wright, 39, then stole the owner's car to drive back to the prison, before climbing in the window he had escaped from.
The constable managed to drive back to Dungannon police station, County Tyrone, for help.
The hand ventured west, then east, and then concluded the tour with a quaint 30-hour drive back to Regina.