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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
References in classic literature ?
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.
Then the Hunter took pity on them, laid aside his anger, and told the miller to drive them back again.
The company decided to let the cars roll, Bustamante said, and would send employees to personally drive them back to home locations once the commotion has died down.
We have the power--when we decide to unleash it--to really drive viewers to the Net and to drive them back to television.
Their opponents have denied their right to speak out about the world they will inherit and sought to drive them back to passive silence.
As call center infrastructure costs continue to escalate, EagleACD is continuously finding ways to drive them back down with our hosted services that enable full-service, on-demand support for call centers," said Kent Charugundla, founder and CEO of EagleACD.
We have partnered with Be Free to develop an affiliate marketing program that enables us to bring athlete news directly to the millions of sports fans surfing the web and cost-effectively drive them back to the athletes' official sites.