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

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
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.
St Mary's Allotment Association in Leamington Spa is now organising a posse to drive them back to nearby Welches Meadow tomorrow.
"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.