And save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.
A backward step upon an uneven cobblestone suddenly returns him to a visit he made to Venice when his mother was still alive.
Coupled with Romney exuding a belief that this is a country that can still move forward, not backward.
c.1300, from abakward, from Old English on bæc (see back (adv.)) + -weard adjectival and adverbial suffix (see -ward). Old English had the adverb bæcling. As an adjective, from 1550s. Meaning "behindhand with regard to progress" is first attested 1690s. To ring bells backward (from lowest to highest), c.1500, was a signal of alarm for fire or invasion, or to express dismay. Another Middle English word for "backward, wrongly" was arseward (c.1400).