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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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And Teucer answered, "Most noble son of Atreus, you need not urge me; from the moment we began to drive them back to Ilius, I have never ceased so far as in me lies to look out for men whom I can shoot and kill; I have shot eight barbed shafts, and all of them have been buried in the flesh of warlike youths, but this mad dog I cannot hit."
The rest of the pack was now up and surging upon him, and a throwing of firebrands right and left was necessary to drive them back to a respectful distance.
In vain he strove to drive them back. As he gave up and stumbled inside his circle, a wolf leaped for him, missed, and landed with all four feet in the coals.
Then the Hunter took pity on them, laid aside his anger, and told the miller to drive them back again.
The modus operandi is to dub settlers as 'East Pakistani infiltrators' and drive them back into Bangladesh.
St Mary's Allotment Association in Leamington Spa is now organising a posse to drive them back to nearby Welches Meadow tomorrow.
More than 1,000 people have been killed in recent weeks after Houthi rebels swept through Yemen and a coalition began airstrikes to drive them back.
A fellow officer came to his rescue as he hid under a pool table and used his baton to drive them back.
Then, he asked one of his staff to drive them back home to Beaumaris.
KEVIN KEEGAN is organising a magical mystery tour for Manchester City which he hopes will drive them back towards the top of the Premiership.
The Indians sent planes to bomb Pakistani troops defending the post but were unable to drive them back, said the statement.
So congratulations to all those who've had the sense to hire taxis or get a friend to drive them back after all those Christmas parties.
"We have the power--when we decide to unleash it--to really drive viewers to the Net and to drive them back to television."
The side which knocked Manchester United out of the European Cup just over two years ago see Ince as the man to drive them back to the very top.