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
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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
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