drive back

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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 ?
They were always crawling and sprawling toward it, and being driven back from it by their mother.
He was perpetually departing on yard-long adventures toward the cave's entrance, and as perpetually being driven back.
If any of you is struck by spear or sword and loses his life, let him die; he dies with honour who dies fighting for his country; and he will leave his wife and children safe behind him, with his house and allotment unplundered if only the Achaeans can be driven back to their own land, they and their ships.
From that hour he was about so to order that the Trojans should be driven back from the ships and to vouchsafe glory to the Achaeans.
The Argives were driven back from the first row of ships, but they made a stand by their tents without being broken up and scattered; shame and fear restrained them.
On this festival, the servants drive a herd of YAHOOS into the field, laden with hay, and oats, and milk, for a repast to the HOUYHNHNMS; after which, these brutes are immediately driven back again, for fear of being noisome to the assembly.
Some migrants and refugees managed to cross during the night, telling Reuters that others were caught by police and driven back into no-man's land.
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I told him he'd driven back from Bristol with two young people, one of whom was not in our care.
If I'd known they were going to charge that much, I'd have driven back up to get it myself
After three to four hours of gymnastics training, she does more homework in the car, with the overhead light on, while she is being driven back to Santa Clarita.
He tried again, this time crawling, but was again driven back.
Company bosses found out when the windscreen in one of the trucks shattered and it was driven back across the border for repair.
She was driven to nearby Heaton - where the assault took place - and then driven back into Bradford where she was forced out of the car.
Pershing's strategies were unstoppable; the Kaiser's superb troops were indeed driven back and the course of European history was changed.