throwback

[ throh-bak ]
/ ˈθroʊˌbæk /

noun

an act of throwing back.
a setback or check.
the reversion to an ancestral or earlier type or character; atavism.
an example of this.

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Origin of throwback

1855–60; 1915–20 for def. 3; noun use of verb phrase throw back
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British Dictionary definitions for throwback

throwback
/ (ˈθrəʊˌbæk) /

noun

  1. a person, animal, or plant that has the characteristics of an earlier or more primitive type
  2. a reversion to such an organism

verb throw back (adverb)

(intr) to revert to an earlier or more primitive type
(tr foll by on) to force to depend (on)the crisis threw her back on her faith in God
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Idioms and Phrases with throwback

throw back

1

Hinder the progress of, check, as in His illness threw his schooling back a year, or The troops were thrown back by a barrage of fire. [First half of 1800s]

2

Revert to an earlier type or stage, as in That dog throws back to his wolf ancestors. This usage gave rise to the noun throwback, a reversion to a former stage or type. [Second half of 1800s]

3

throw back on. Cause to depend on, make reliant on, as in When the violinist didn't show up, they were thrown back on the pianist. [Mid-1800s]

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