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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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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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Hans brushed his coat, wiped his face and hands, rested a while, and then drove off his cow quietly, and thought his bargain a very lucky one.
However, I will not be hard upon you, as you are in trouble.' Then he took the string in his hand, and drove off the pig by a side path; while Hans went on the way homewards free from care.
She nodded, slipped in her clutch and drove off. Surgeon-Major Thomson entered the War Office and made his way up many stairs and along many wide corridors to a large room on the top floor of the building.
Just then her driver came up, and with a tug at her mouth backed her out of the line and drove off, leaving me very sad indeed.
Irwine to his mother, as they drove off. "I shall write to him the first thing when we get home."
Elizabeth made no objection; the door was then allowed to be shut, and the carriage drove off.
He had been too fond of his cousin to like to confess this to himself, until the truth had been forced on him, when she drove off to her aunt's.
He had, however, taken the precaution to engage in advance a runabout with a pair of old livery-stable trotters that could still do their eighteen miles on level roads; and at two o'clock, hastily deserting the luncheon-table, he sprang into the light carriage and drove off.
At length, with his hostess still at his side, he passed out of range of the wooden Cupid, unfastened his horses and drove off. At the turn of the lane he saw Miss Blenker standing at the gate and waving the pink parasol.
But I said, leave it alone till by and by; and told his driver to wait, and we drove off a little piece, and I told him the kind of a fix I was in, and what did he reckon we better do?
Then we took the trunk and put it in my wagon, and he drove off his way and I drove mine.
When he shut the door, mounted the box with the coachman, and they drove off, the little girlfound herself seated in a comfortably cushioned corner, but she was not inclined to go to sleep again.
The man touched his hat, the carriage drove off, and Trent, with a grim smile upon his lips, walked along the dusty road.
A truck driver who allegedly drove off with a load of scrap metal was arrested by the police in Batangas City on Christmas Day after he unwittingly revealed his whereabouts to a fellow employee.
A driver chased after a man who drove off in the car he was trying to sell, a court has heard.