harks back

hark

[hahrk]
verb (used without object)
1.
to listen attentively; hearken.
verb (used with object)
2.
Archaic. to listen to; hear.
noun
3.
a hunter's shout to hounds, as to encourage them in following the scent.
Verb phrases
4.
hark back,
a.
(of hounds) to return along the course in order to regain a lost scent.
b.
to return to a previous subject or point; revert: He kept harking back to his early days in vaudeville.

Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English herken, earlier herkien, Old English *heorcian; cognate with Old Frisian herkia, harkia; akin to Middle Dutch harken, Middle High German, German horchen. See hearken, hear

unharked, adjective


4b. refer, allude; regress, retrogress.
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hark (hɑːk)
 
vb
(intr; usually imperative) to listen; pay attention
 
[Old English heorcnian to hearken; related to Old Frisian herkia, Old High German hōrechen; see hear]

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hark
c.1175, from O.E. *heorcian (related to hearken), an intensive form from base of hieran (see hear). To hark back (1829) originally refers to hounds returning along a track when the scent has been lost, till they find it again.
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