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force back

1. To cause someone or something to move away from someone or something else. A noun or pronoun can be used between "force" and "back." I jumped in front of the kids to force them back from the street.
2. To cause someone or something to return to something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "force" and "back." The bell signaling the end of recess forced us back to class.
3. To contain one's emotions. A noun or pronoun can be used between "force" and "back." I found myself forcing back tears during the play because the acting was just so good.
See also: back, force

force back

v.
1. To make someone or something retreat or return: A terrible storm forced the soldiers back to the camp. Hard up for money, the strikers were forced back to work.
2. To prevent the expression of one's own emotions: She forced back her laughter as she listened to the debate. He forced his anger back when he read the editorial.
See also: back, force
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It was a quiet flight on Air Force One back to Washington the next day.
He had Air Force One back in third when gaining his eighth jumps victory in a handicap at Newbury last November and was beaten under four lengths when fifth behind My Tent Or Yours in the International Hurdle at Cheltenham.
'Thank you very much, I had a great time and tell Rodrigo I like him very much,' Medialdea quoted Trump as saying before the US president boarded the Air Force One back to the US on Tuesday afternoon.
Jeb's father desperately wants him to run, and his mother now says it would be OK, despite her reservations about two families trading Air Force One back and forth.
In one of those little twists of history, on September 11, 2001, the F-16s that escorted Air Force One back to Washington belonged to the President's own unit, the Texas Air National Guard.