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go back

verb (intransitive, adverb)
1.
to return
2.
(often foll by to) to originate (in): the links with France go back to the Norman Conquest
3.
(foll by on) to change one's mind about; repudiate (esp in the phrase go back on one's word)
4.
(of clocks and watches) to be set to an earlier time, as during British Summer Time: when do the clocks go back this year?
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Examples from the Web for go back
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  • But what will you do for me, if I let her go back to Venice without following her.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • Why could he not go back, face them, give up his gun, wait for the law to speak?

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • I'll go back to my frogs and toads and leeches, and spiders and wasps and bees.

    A Modern Tomboy L. T. Meade
  • I have lost my place, and there isn't time to go back and find it.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • It would have seemed like a shame to go back by sea, and miss all this.

    A Jolly Fellowship Frank R. Stockton
Idioms and Phrases with go back

go back

1.
Return, retrace one's steps; also, return to a former condition. For example, I'm going back to the haunts of my youth, or We want to go back to the old way of doing things. [ First half of 1500s ]
2.
Extend backward in space or time, as in Our land goes back to the stone wall, or The family name goes back to Norman times. [ Second half of 1600s ]
Also see: go back on
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