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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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They'll drive us off the cliff if we don't take away the keys."
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The cost of ignorance is now to be measured, not in esoteric deaths in far-off impoverished lands (caused in fact by overpopulation but ascribed to traitorous politics), but in landscape units, cities, island nations, coastal regions, or continental centers as arid zones expand, predictably, into the centers of the continental masses and drive us off the land.
Our city fathers seem determined to drive us off the road - or insane.
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