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turn back

verb

Definition of turn back

  • intransitive verb
    1. 1a :  to go in the reverse directionb :  to stop going forward

    2. 2 :  to refer to an earlier time or place

    3. transitive verb
    4. 1 :  to drive back or away

    5. 2 :  to stop the advance of

    6. 3 :  to fold back

    7. 4 :  give back, return

    turn back the clock
    1. :  to revert to or remind of a condition existing in the past



    Examples of turn back

    1. <a cavalry charge that was turned back by withering fire>



    15th Century

    First Known Use of turn back

    15th century


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