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drive off

1. To leave some place by driving; to drive away. Once my parents had driven off, I called all of my friends and invited them over.
2. To force or entice someone or something to leave some place. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "drive" and "off." What can we do to drive these troublesome raccoons off our property? I'll drive off those ruffians, don't you worry.
3. To hit a golf ball off of something, typically a tee. Yeah, but I can hit it farther than you if I drive off the tee.
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drive someone or something off

to repel or chase away someone or something. The campers drove the cows off before the animals trampled the tents. They drove off the cows.
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drive off

to leave somewhere, driving a vehicle. She got in her car and drove off. Please don't drive off and leave me!
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drive off

v.
1. To leave a place in a vehicle: I got in my car and drove off.
2. To repel someone or something: We drove the bugs off with fly swatters. The police drove off the angry crowd with tear gas.
3. To hit a golf ball off something, especially a tee, at the start of a hole: I drove off the tee and ended up in a sand trap.
See also: drive, off
References in classic literature ?
I knew what that object was, but I had not the heart to go back and drive them off.
said the hunter, "we can drive them off with a few rifle-shots.
Isn't it time that we had some form of music police who could pile some of these whining, tuneless incompetents into the back of a meatwagon and drive them off to Otterspool prom where they can be weighed down with lead and thrown in the Mersey?
Although the Brazilian government has set aside land for the Guarani-Kaiowa, the ranchers sometimes force members onto trucks in the middle of the night and drive them off the land they legally own.
In other words, to drive them off the street and away from their livelihoods is far more likely to cause crime than allowing them to exist on the street.
reinforcements to arrive that would drive them off - a counteroffensive that would take months to assemble and launch.