drive back

Definitions

  • Soldiers fight to drive back the harpies
    Soldiers fight to drive back the harpies
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v drive back force or drive back "repel the attacker","fight off the onslaught","rebuff the attack"
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Quotations

  • Little Richard
    Little Richard
    “They shoulda called me Little Cocaine, I was sniffing so much of the stuff! My nose got big enough to back a diesel truck in, unload it, and drive it right out again.”
  • Horace
    Horace
    “You may drive out nature with a pitchfork, yet she'll be constantly running back.”

Usage

In literature:

We had no trouble in effectually resisting and driving back the enemy's skirmish line.
"History of Kershaw's Brigade" by D. Augustus Dickert
The cavalrymen and maybe, too, we who had been plainsmen, knew how to drive back a villianous handful of Apaches.
"Vanguards of the Plains" by Margaret McCarter
The sun is moving north, and up here, it always thrills me to watch the light drive back the dark.
"The Lure of the North" by Harold Bindloss
And then turn around and drive back here.
"The Younger Set" by Robert W. Chambers
Spain was far away, and she could not drive them back.
"The Free Rangers" by Joseph A. Altsheler
She brought with her a boy who would drive it back again.
"The Imaginary Marriage" by Henry St. John Cooper
Turning his back to the driving flakes he walked eastward, searching everywhere through the advancing twilight.
"The Hosts of the Air" by Joseph A. Altsheler
I've to drive along to Pitleathy and I'll drop you here on my way back.
"Captivity" by M. Leonora Eyles
Let us drive back now and tell mother.
"Children of the Market Place" by Edgar Lee Masters
The nobles hated him, and hoped to drive him back to the Swiss cantons from which his father had come.
"The Empire of Austria; Its Rise and Present Power" by John S. C. Abbott
I can talk to him going back, and I want you to drive us over to your father's place.
"Quincy Adams Sawyer and Mason's Corner Folks" by Charles Felton Pidgin
The Captain tried to drive him back.
"The Killer" by Stewart Edward White
She hung above him, fierce in her devotion, driving back the destroyer by the sheer burning intensity of her love.
"The Safety Curtain, and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
Sam had said he'd come up in three or four days, and we'd drive 'em back to where we had the main herd.
"Bob Chester's Grit" by Frank V. Webster
But let's drive it back, if we leeav it aght it'll be lost.
"Yorkshire Tales. Third Series" by John Hartley
The French set fire to a barrel of powder to drive the Iroquois back .
"Pathfinders of the West" by A. C. Laut
Mrs. Hubbard will be back from her drive by this time.
"The Land of Promise" by D. Torbett
He let Diamond drive quite a little way and then the boy jumped down and ran gaily back to his mother.
"At the Back of the North Wind" by Elizabeth Lewis and George MacDonald
Here come de land-breeze; but den it will drive us back faster dan we came along.
"The South Sea Whaler" by W.H.G. Kingston
On a difficult and broken ground Longstreet attacked, driving back McCall's division.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
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In poetry:

'Oh no, oh no, my brither dear,
The clans they are ower strang,
An they drive back our merry men,
Wi swords baith sharp an lang.'
"The Battle Of Harlaw" by Anonymous British
When the Devil comes in his proper form
To the chamber where I dwell,
I know him and make the Sign of the Cross
Which drives him back to Hell.
"The Robe Of Christ" by Alfred Joyce Kilmer
The faith, the vigour, bold to dwell
On doubts that drive the coward back,
And keen thro' wordy snares to track
Suggestion to her inmost cell.
"In Memoriam A. H. H.: 95" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
"I winna let the kye gae back,
Neither for thy love, nor yet thy fear,
But I will drive Jamie Telfer's kye,
In spite of every Scot that's here."
"Jamie Telfer" by Andrew Lang
'We see the whole world, left and right,
Yet at the blind back hides from sight
The unseen Master that drives us forth
To East and West, to South and North.
"Behind" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
But for the safety of the city the Governor organised a night attack,
Thinking to repulse the British and drive them back;
And with fifteen hundred militia he did the British attack,
But the British trench guards soon drove them back.
"The Capture of Havana" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

A Michigan Tech student ran into the back of a sand and gravel truck located on Cliff Drive in Houghton.
Most discussions of defending Class AA state champion Wayne's drive for a repeat title in 2012 has revolved around the impressive play of senior running back Brandon Spurlock.
The transmission was moved back, the drive shafts altered and the exhaust re-routed.
TimberTech, a Greer company, drives up to Pennsylvania to pick up the tree and then drives it back right away.
Well, I had that feeling on the drive back to Marshalltown from doing a story in State Center recently.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Hancock Expressway is back open at Delta Drive.
OAK RIDGE'S Xavier Lopez drives back Jesuit 's Teo Marshall in Wednesday's Delta River League dual meet.
Gas prices are supposed to peak in the summer driving season, then go back down in the fall.
Clemson running back Andre Ellington drives through Maryland's L.A.
The science team is sending up commands to Curiosity telling the rover to drive forward, turn and back up.
Driving back roads in the time just before the cool of fall sets in is a glory to behold.
AMSTERDAM-The nonprofit Kristy Pollak Christmas Event and Drive-Thru Holiday Park is back for its 14th season.
Panel picks drunk-driving, cheating, love-child -fathering Fossella to win his old seat back.
Back then, golf was more of a marketing vehicle to drive visitors.
A lot of these folks will come in and they'll stay overnight, generally for two nights because they're too tired or sore to drive back the night of the race.
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In science:

Here xB (rev) corresponds to the reversed driving process, eg pushing the piston back to its initial location.
Quantum Irreversibility of Energy Spreading
We will not be interested in such details, but only in whether or not the shell succeeds in driving back the infall.
Trapped Protostellar Winds and their Breakout
In particular, a gravitational wave drives the masses in the plane of the wave-front and also, to a smaller extent, back and forth in the direction of the wave’s propagation.
Components of the gravitational force in the field of a gravitational wave
This suggests that the baryon loading associated with dissipative contraction and star formation may be erased as subsequent mergers drive the mass distribution back to a universal profile.
Early Formation and Late Merging of the Giant Galaxies
This turns out to be enough to drive the maximizer back to the subspace M · ζ = y.
The Chromatic Number of Random Regular Graphs
In the latter model the Peierls coupling appears in the XY term, Jxy ; for Jxy = 2t ≥ Jz = V , infinitesimal spin lattice coupling 1/K can drive the ground state toward SP lattice dimerization.85 This is actually the dimer Mott insulator when one transforms back to the original electron model.
Theoretical Aspects of Charge Ordering in Molecular Conductors
In conclusion we have obtained the zero-temperature hysteresis loop of a one dimensional anti-ferromagnetic random field Ising model in the case when the driving field varies from −∞ to ∞ and back to −∞ infinitely slowly.
Hysteresis in Anti-Ferromagnetic Random-Field Ising Model at Zero Temperature
In Eq. (2) the noise driving the oscillator is purely the quantum back-action.
Feedback cooling of a nanomechanical resonator
The back-action noise, which is driving the oscillator and consequently increasing the entropy of ρ, is described by the term proportional to k .
Feedback cooling of a nanomechanical resonator
This feedback is then acting back on the energy source (star formation); it is of a negative type, and it could drive the SF activity in such a way that only a sustainable amount of stars is formed.
The First Cosmic Structures and their Effects
With the cavity resonant with the F = 2 → F ′ = 3 transition, this drives a vacuum-stimulated Raman adiabatic passage from F = 3 to F = 2, leading to the emission of a photon from the cavity. 1µs later, a 4µs long laser pulse is used to recycle the atom back into the F = 3 state.
A Single-Photon Server with Just One Atom
You must not let this drive you back to the previous section, or we will never get home for the weekend.
Astrophysics in 2006
Dashed lines indicate the energies of the electron triplet levels | T± i in the steady state. A fluctuation of polarization that changes the triplet level splitting leads to an imbalance of rates that drives polarization back to the steady state value.
Resonant Cooling of Nuclear Spins in Quantum Dots
The second pulse then drives the state-(c) part of the population back to (0), leaving those in state (u) alone.
Preparation and manipulation of molecules for fundamental physics tests
We feed this signal back to trap electrodes as a drive.
Cavity Control of a Single-Electron Quantum Cyclotron:\\Measuring the Electron Magnetic Moment
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