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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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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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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.
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References in classic literature ?
Therefore, a prince who has a strong city, and had not made himself odious, will not be attacked, or if any one should attack he will only be driven off with disgrace; again, because that the affairs of this world are so changeable, it is almost impossible to keep an army a whole year in the field without being interfered with.
Hayward, after saying for a month that he was going South next day and delaying from week to week out of inability to make up his mind to the bother of packing and the tedium of a journey, had at last been driven off just before Christmas by the preparations for that festival.
After Anna Mikhaylovna had driven off with her son to visit Count Cyril Vladimirovich Bezukhov, Countess Rostova sat for a long time all alone applying her handkerchief to her eyes.
He felt this at the mere sight of Ignat and the horses; but when he had put on the sheepskin brought for him, had sat down wrapped in the sledge, and had driven off pondering on the work that lay before him in the village, and staring at the side-horse, that had been his saddle-horse, past his prime now, but a spirited beast from the Don, he began to see what had happened to him in quite a different light.
Before the phaeton had driven off, the girl had entered the station and seated herself upon a bench.
She remained without motion during his absence, and when he returned suffered herself to be put back into the phaeton, and driven off on the return journey like an idiot or a tired child.
Police in Pittsburgh were called about a stolen car only to find the owner's dog had driven off in it.
When the platform is driven off in the 0[degrees] direction, the thruster force direction is the same with environment load direction, and the combined force is great.
Moments earlier, her media tycoon fiance Rupert Murdoch, 84, had driven off in a Range Rover.
A CAR was driven off a promenade at a Sunderland beach.
A HOME owner awoke to discover his two cars had been driven off his driveway in Brighouse.
Louise Waine, 24, was reunited with her son Leo 15 minutes after the thief had driven off in her Subaru Impreza in Orrell, Wigan.
A total of three cars with number plates stolen from vehicles in Stockton, Middlesbrough and Nottingham were driven off without the drivers paying for fuel worth about pounds 400 in total.
Dad-of-two Whitfield had driven off from a garage without paying for petrol, Durham Crown Court was told.
The car was driven off along Langley Road towards the A4300.