(often foll by to) to originate (in): the links with France go back to the Norman Conquest
(foll by on) to change one's mind about; repudiate (esp in the phrase go back on one's word)
(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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How to use go back in a sentence
First, one fights with another, then they make an alliance, then they go back to fighting each other.
There are a lot of people who go back and forth now and blend both approaches into their work.
He was told he could go back home to his house arrest to celebrate the New Year with his wife and their two children.
Then, depending on how urgent I think it is to get it, sometimes I have to go back home and drop it off.#Setinthestreet: Your Street Corner Is Their Art Project | James Joiner | December 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
To regain their relevancy, Democrats need to go back to their evolutionary roots.
At the present time, certainly, no thought has ever occurred to Germans that they would not go back to a gold basis.Readings in Money and Banking | Chester Arthur Phillips
Squinty started to go back the way he had come, but I guess you can imagine what happened.Squinty the Comical Pig | Richard Barnum
"In the morning I shall go back to the boy who taught me tricks," thought Squinty.Squinty the Comical Pig | Richard Barnum
Let us go back to the capital, and the responsibility shall fall on my shoulders alone.'Our Little Korean Cousin | H. Lee M. Pike
Malcolm asked her gently to go back to the helm and keep it jammed hard-a-starboard until they arrived at the left bank.The Red Year | Louis Tracy
Other Idioms and Phrases with go back
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]
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