harking back, we shall hear voices that once touched us, and may yet guide us.
There has never been any attempt at harking back to earlier periods.
"But I don't know that I want to marry him," insisted Suzanne, doggedly, harking back to her original idea.
Why do you keep on harking back to the subject when I have spoken so plainly?
Watts, Rossetti and Burne-Jones were harking back to antiquity for inspiration.
Then presently he went on, harking back to the subject of Horrocks.
Sometimes, too, there is involved a harking back to interests of an earlier period of life.
I had no choice but to go on, harking back as soon as I could.
Or—harking back to her original theory—that he was an emissary from Scotland Yard?
Now, in harking back to the origin of these acquired habits, if I interrogate the possibilities I obtain zero as the only answer.
late 12c., from Old English *heorcian, perhaps an intensive form from base of hieran (see hear). Cf. talk/tale. Cognate with Old Frisian harkia "listen," Middle Dutch horken, Old High German horechon, German horchen. To hark back (1829) originally referred to hounds returning along a track when the scent has been lost, till they find it again. Related: Harked; harking.