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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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  • When he set out he meant to reach the car and go back to town at once.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Why could he not go back, face them, give up his gun, wait for the law to speak?

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • If only she could have stayed there with Mimi; but in the end she had to go back to the drawing-room.

  • go back and tell them it would take too great a risk to try to fix me.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • "Mind we don't forget to mention it as we go back," he said to Mark.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
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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