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

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
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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References in classic literature ?
She seized the foolish woman by the shoulders, forced her back in the chair, and looked her straight in the face without uttering a word.
Sometimes a man stopped her cruelly at the moment when she was close at the post, and forced her back thousands of miles away from it.
The robbers were black and all, apart from one, were wearing balaclavas and masks and forced her back inside the property.
Ben Morris, prosecuting, described how he forced her back into her bedroom while threatening: "I'm going to end your life".
A spokeswoman for Cheshire Police said they forced her back inside her home before searching the rooms and stealing cash.
It was a similar pattern with Attraction, who drifted from 6-4 to 9-4 before massive support, including six bets of pounds 10,000 to pounds 5,000, forced her back in to 13-8.