double back

  1. (intr, adverb) to go back in the opposite direction (esp in the phrase double back on one's tracks)

Words Nearby double back

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How to use double back in a sentence

  • But he couldn't double back without being seen and this time they'd be close enough to fill him with lead.

    The Sensitive Man | Poul William Anderson
  • I'll be gee-whizzly-gol-dusted if he ain't a malleable-iron-double-back-action self-adjusting corn-cracker.'

    Black Rock | Ralph Connor
  • It was hardly possible that she would double back, even if she evaded their rigorous search.

    The Grell Mystery | Frank Froest
  • He had no time to double back into the gorse, and here there was no covert but a few bushes, therefore he headed for the wood.

    Lives of the Fur Folk | M. D. Haviland
  • The next weapon tried was Jink's double back-action revolving cannon for ferry-boats.

Other Idioms and Phrases with double back

double back

Reverse one's course, go back the way one has come. For example, The officer lost the suspect, who had doubled back on him. This term, at first put simply as to double, is used largely to describe a way of evading pursuit. [Late 1500s]

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