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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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New Trier's sustained pressure forced us back deeper than we wanted to be.
"Teams are sitting in against us and Threave forced us back and had a couple of chances before we scored.
"They've started the season well and they certainly forced us back in the first half.
"We always had the threat of the counter-attack, but it Celta's good play that forced us back." Had it not been for Yoel in the Celta goal Atletico would have been well ahead by the interval as they overwhelmed the visitors in the opening 45 minutes.
"Yet they forced us back and got into the game, before Miller won it with a bit of magic."
"Dunfermline are fighting for their lives and forced us back. We just didn't deal with it and that was poor from our perspective.
We had a funding formula where the money followed the child, but because the governor in his last budget shortchanged the formula, the courts have now forced us back into the old system where the money is doled out based on ZIP code.
"I've been trying for 10 days to get out and every time the army forced us back," Tuweish told AFP.
''We didn't do it as well as we did on Tuesday night but that was a credit to Preston because they forced us back. Then when Belly came on, I thought we started to get a foothold in the game.
They came out second half and were the better side, they won a lot of the knockdowns and forced us back.
"I don't know where that came from," bemoaned Coleman, "But fair play to Peterborough, they forced us back and once they got the first goal you could smell the fear was back."
"I have my suspicions that their second goal was offside, but there is no taking it away from the Hawks they were good for their win, they forced us back, and we defended well, but it's hard to score goals if you're on the back foot."
"But I believe this decision has forced us back into contention.
"It has made me sit up and wonder - it has forced us back to the drawing board," the trainer said.