fordrive

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English fordriven, from Old English fordrīfan (to drive, sweep away, drive on, impel, compel, drive away, expel, overtax), from Proto-Germanic *fra- + *drībaną (to drive), equivalent to for- +‎ drive. Cognate with West Frisian fordriuwe, ferdriuwe (to expel), Dutch verdrijven (to expel), Low German verdriben (to drive away), German vertreiben (to expel, drive out, banish), Danish fordrive (to oust, expel), Swedish fördriva (to drive away, drive out, banish). More at for-, drive.

Verb[edit]

fordrive (third-person singular simple present fordrives, present participle fordriving, simple past fordrove, past participle fordriven)

  1. (transitive, UK dialectal) To drive away; expel.
  2. (transitive, UK dialectal) To drive about; drive here and there; drive astray.

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