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.
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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.
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If I Richard ("Greenies will drive us back to being peasants", WM letters, January 31) is concerned about greens and poverty, I suggest he go and live in Sweden, Germany or Denmark which are by his standards ultra green and trendy, and yet strangely prosperous.
We, therefore, appeal to Nigerians not to allow demagoguery to drive us back to the loathed era of Squandermania.
Everyone has doubts, and perhaps they can be good for us sometimes because they drive us back to the risen Lord for answers.
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.
"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.
"The announcement of a Tory-aligned unionist unity candidate is a serious attempt to drive us back to the failed sectarian politics of the past.
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.
"The danger of an extension is the removal of Iraq's sovereignty and facing the same problem again, which will drive us back to searching for another agreement" with the Americans, al-Maliki said, according to the AP.