drive (one) back to (someone)

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drive (one) back to (someone)

To impel someone to return to someone else, such as a former lover or spouse. An intense feeling of longing during their trial separation is what drove her back to her husband.
See also: back, drive, to
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

drive someone back to someone

to force someone to return to someone, such as a spouse, lover, parent, etc. Her bad experience with her new friend drove her back to her husband. Being homeless was no fun, and soon Wally was driven back to his parents.
See also: back, drive, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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