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1

Reverse one's direction, as in We had to turn back earlier than expected. [First half of 1500s]

2

Drive someone back or away, as in They turned back anyone who didn't have an invitation, or Our forces soon turned back the enemy. [First half of 1500s]

3

Fold down, as in Turn back the page you're on to keep your place in the magazine. [Second half of 1800s] Also see turn one's back on.

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