turn back

verb
|Updated on: 18 Jul 2018

Definition of turn back

1 a : to go in the reverse direction
b : to stop going forward
2 : to refer to an earlier time or place
1 : to drive back or away
2 : to stop the advance of
3 : to fold back
turn back the clock
: to revert to or remind of a condition existing in the past

Examples of turn back in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of turn back

15th century

in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

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