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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 ?
AFTER DINNER THE NEXT day I said good-bye and drove back to Hastings to take the train for Black Hawk.
When they all drove back from Pelageya Danilovna's, Natasha, who always saw and noticed everything, arranged that she and Madame Schoss should go back in the sleigh with Dimmler, and Sonya with Nicholas and the maids.
There he bought himself some fine clothes, and a beautiful coach with four horses, hired two servants, and drove back to his master.
At last it was finished, and she drove back again to the dingy little house in Kensington which she hated with all her heart.
They drove back, with a glorious sunset behind them, toward the distant gold-washed city.
Before the servants he pressed her hand, took his seat in the carriage, and drove back to Petersburg.
But General Johnson and General Lyman, with their army, drove back the enemy and mortally wounded the French leader, who was called the Baron Dieskau.
And the reason only dawned on me as I drove back disappointed: they had followed me already to the gunsmith's!
"He dropped off his wife in the house and drove back to inquire what they were doing and in the process, one drew a pistol and shot him," part of the police statement read.
Sabug was not wearing a helmet when he drove back from a local bank in Maddela, investigators said.
We drove back to England and had to start all over again."
Macedonian police drove back crowds of migrants and refugees trying to enter from Greece on Friday after a night spent stranded in no-man's land by an emergency decree effectively sealing the Macedonian frontier.
He told the Anton Savage show on Today FM: "After I dropped my wife off at the airport, I drove back to Phoenix Park to park there because, with a campervan in the city, you can't find a parking space.
After shopping, the woman accompanied by her daughter, left her handbag hanging on the trolley and drove back home.
At a previous hearing Bradford Crown Court heard how after the collision Morrison drove to the motor dealer where he worked, saw the damage and drove back along Leeds Road in another vehicle.