1. [ verb ] force to go away; used both with concrete and metaphoric meanings
Synonyms: dispel drive_out drive_away turn_back run_off chase_away

"Drive away potential burglars' "drive away bad thoughts" "dispel doubts" "The supermarket had to turn back many disappointed customers"

Related terms: move banish frighten shoo_off fire clear_the_air rout_out
2. [ verb ] (military) force or drive back
Synonyms: repulse repel rebuff drive_back fight_off

"repel the attacker" "fight off the onslaught" "rebuff the attack"

Related terms: fight rebuff
Similar spelling:   drop_off