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

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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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. Only he did not know it for an entrance.
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.
When I called to catch up, he said he had a 1988 Westfalia sitting in Santa Cruz, ready to be driven back to Seattle.
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.
"I told him he'd driven back from Bristol with two young people, one of whom was not in our care.
The newlyweds had a bedroom, bathroom and dining area to themselves for four hours before being driven back to the city.
He told Wolverhampton Crown Court that Mr Jones was aware of previous troubles involving fly tippers and saw the lorry was empty when it was driven back.
The jug-eared crisp thief was actually holidaying in Tenerife and was driven back for the show.
The teenager was driven back to school in grand style surrounded by a group of close friends in the back of a stretched Jaguar car.
She had pledges amounting to about pounds 1,000 for the centre if she made it to the 15,000ft summit, but was driven back by appalling weather conditions on a 10,000ft high ridge.