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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They made me long for an opportunity of helping to drive him back to hell.
Smith asked Houlihan, 55, to drive him back to the crash scene to look for his dog.
Val, 40, persuaded them to drive him back to the set instead of the police station.