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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 ?
said the doctor, "another whirlwind coming to drive us back northward again?
They couldn't partake, both being drivers, but there was a conversation that went along the lines of 'you can drive us back here one evening',' 'it would make a nice run out on a summer evening.
In the end we got back to the match with about five minutes to spare, having begged a stranger working in a bar to drive us back across town.
We spent our first morning canoeing down the River Wye with Wye Pursuits under the tutelage of owner Guy, who showed us the ropes, and was there to drive us back to base after an exhilarating couple of hours navigating the river.
These Boks are physical animals and they were able to drive us back in contact and dominate the loose at times.
He appeared to rule out any possibility of Hezbollah changing its policy toward Syria, saying: "We are continuing on this path despite this intimidation which is intended to drive us back, but we will never give up.
And sure enough, on our first full day in West Runton, the British climate did its worst to drive us back home.
So one night we convinced Jeff to forego his nightly adult beverage and drive us back into the park to see nature's great light show.
Then they'd collect the money, drive us back and beat us up.
Former Senate President Thomas Birmingham, one of the chief architects of the 1993 reform act, has warned that the Patrick administration's education policies "may drive us back in the direction of vague expectations and fuzzy standards.
But it says a lot about this club and hopefully they can help drive us back to the top.
Based on the insane restrictions of the EPA and those of several other agencies, I feel [Lisa Jackson] will drive us back to the Middle Ages because of a lack of common sense.
We'd explore the town, and buy fragrant, freshly baked bread, cheese, olives and wine, and Franco would drive us back to Casa Brugnone where Bunny and I would have an al fresco meal by the pool, listening to the wind in the trees and feeling an immense sense of space in the knowledge there wasn't another human being around for miles.
One day during the car share with Simon I jokingly said I was going out with friends and he might like to come too so he could drive us back as I would like to have a drink.