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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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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They made me long for an opportunity of helping to drive him back to hell.
The first blow hewed away the plumes and shield of Faku, and drive him back a spear's length, the second missed its aim, the third and mightiest twisted in his wet hands, so that the axe smote sideways.
"Team members were able to drive up to the falls and get him into the Land Rover and drive him back (to the car park).
Instead of sending the Naked Rambler to jail in Scotland, why not fine him and drive him back down to his home in the south of England every time he offends in Scotland.
Smith asked Houlihan, 55, to drive him back to the crash scene to look for his dog.
I mean, you've all been invited to my weekly "Come Pick Up Sieben And Drive Him To The Bar And Then Drive Him Back Home Parties" which I have to tell you have not had a very impressive attendance.
As his head drops, place your inside hand on his helmet and your outside hand on his shoulder and drive him back and into the ground to the inside.