put/turn back the clock

idiom
variants: also put/turn the clock back
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of put/turn back the clock

: to return to a condition that existed in the past
  • This new decision has effectively turned back the clock on 20 years of progress.
  • I wish that we could turn back the clock and start all over again.

Word by Word Definitions

put play
  1. : to place in a specified position or relationship : lay

  2. : to move in a specified direction

  3. : to send (something, such as a weapon or missile) into or through something : thrust

  1. : a throw made with an overhand pushing motion

  2. : an option to sell a specified amount of a security (such as a stock) or commodity (such as wheat) at a fixed price at or within a specified time — compare call 3d

  1. : being in place : fixed, set

turn play
  1. : to cause to move around an axis or a center : make rotate or revolve

  2. : to cause to move around so as to effect a desired end (as of locking, opening, or shutting)

  3. : to affect or alter the functioning of (something, such as a mechanical device) or the level of (something, such as sound) by such movement

  1. : the action or an act of turning about a center or axis : revolution, rotation

  2. : any of various rotating or pivoting movements in dancing or gymnastics

  3. : the action or an act of giving or taking a different direction : change of course or posture : such as

back play
  1. : the rear part of the human body especially from the neck to the end of the spine

  2. : the body considered as the wearer of clothes

  3. : capacity for labor, effort, or endurance

  1. : to, toward, or at the rear

  2. : in or into the past : backward in time

  3. : to or at an angle off the vertical

  1. : being at or in the back

  2. : distant from a central or main area

  3. : articulated at or toward the back of the oral passage : formed deep within the mouth

  1. : to support by material or moral assistance

  2. : substantiate

  3. : to assume financial responsibility for

clock play
  1. : a device other than a watch for indicating or measuring time commonly by means of hands moving on a dial

  2. : a registering device usually with a dial

  3. : time clock

  1. : to time with a stopwatch or by an electric timing device

  2. : to be timed at

  3. : to register on a mechanical recording device

  1. : an ornamental figure on the ankle or side of a stocking or sock


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