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  • v. Used other than as an idiom. To depart by driving a vehicle.
  • v. To force someone or something to leave

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. force to go away; used both with concrete and metaphoric meanings


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  • The mournful hooting of an owl at midnight is a warning of death, and all who hear the call will hasten to the wood and drive away the messenger of ill-tidings with sticks and stones.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 6: Fathers of the Church-Gregory XI

  • But when Blackwood had left him, he wanted resolution to declare his wishes to Lady Hamilton and his sisters, and endeavoured to drive away the thought.

    The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson

  • Bölter knew nothing of this as he directed his Tiger nearer to the command post so that if need be he and his crew could jump in and drive away quickly.

    Panzer Aces

  • Over and over, he reminded them that if they fought well in the upcoming battle, they would drive away the Gernians, save their ancestral trees and put an end to the need for Kinrove's dance.

    Renegade's Magic

  • Five years older than the oldest of the other New Bedford girls and desperate for a man, Biddy had the coy predatoriness of one already treading the perilous line of old-maidhood that would drive away even the slightest expression of masculine interest.


  • But, Ned, to drive away the time till Falstaff come, I prithee, do thou stand in some by-room, while I question my puny drawer to what end he gave me the sugar; and do thou never leave calling 'Francis,' that his tale to me may be nothing but 'Anon.'

    The First Part of King Henry IV

  • On Chisum's part he claimed that these smaller proprietors had combined together to round-up and drive away from the range—selling them at various military posts and elsewhere throughout the country—cattle which were his property and bearing his mark and brand under the system of reprisals.

    The Authentic Life of Billy The Kid

  • He only called to him some of those young Christians, and gave them a cross which he wore upon his breast; after which he sent them to Manapar with orders to drive away the evil spirit.

    The Works of John Dryden

  • Enactments were passed in the reign of the second George, whereby it was made a capital crime to rob the mail, or any post-office; to kill, steal, or drive away any sheep or cattle, with intention to steal, or to be accessory to the crime.

    Elizabeth Fry

  • A woman who lived opposite Giles Fester reported seeing him leave the house and drive away at around 7.15 that evening.

    No Laughing Matter


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