throw-back

throwback

[throh-bak]
noun
1.
an act of throwing back.
2.
a setback or check.
3.
the reversion to an ancestral or earlier type or character; atavism.
4.
an example of this.

Origin:
1855–60; 1915–20 for def 3; noun use of verb phrase throw back

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throwback (ˈθrəʊˌbæk)
 
n
1.  a.  a person, animal, or plant that has the characteristics of an earlier or more primitive type
 b.  a reversion to such an organism
 
vb (foll by on)
2.  (intr) to revert to an earlier or more primitive type
3.  to force to depend (on): the crisis threw her back on her faith in God

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throwback
"reversion to an ancestral type or character," 1888, from throw (v.) + back (adv.); earlier it meant "a reverse in a course or progress, a relapse" (1856).
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