retrace one's steps

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of retrace one's steps

: to go back along the one way has come
  • He had to retrace his steps to find his keys.

Word by Word Definitions

re play retrace
  1. : the second note of the major scale in solfège

  1. : with regard to : in re

  1. rhenium

  1. : again : anew

  2. : back : backward

step play steps
  1. : a rest for the foot in ascending or descending: such as

  2. : one of a series of structures consisting of a riser and a tread

  3. : a ladder rung

  1. : to move by raising the foot and bringing it down elsewhere or by moving each foot in succession

  2. : dance

  3. : to go on foot : walk

  1. : related by virtue of a remarriage (as of a parent) and not by blood


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