Turn back - definition, transcription

Amer.  |ˈtɜːn ˈbæk|
Brit.  |tɜːn ˈbæk|

verb

- retrace one's course (syn: backtrack, double back)
The hikers got into a storm and had to turn back
- go back to a previous state (syn: regress, retrovert, return, revert)
- force to go away; used both with concrete and metaphoric meanings (syn: dispel, drive away, drive off, drive out, run off)
The supermarket had to turn back many disappointed customers
- hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of (syn: arrest, check, contain, hold back, stop)
- turn inside out or upside down (syn: invert, reverse)

Extra examples

They turned their way back.

The refugees were turned back.

...a cavalry charge that was turned back by withering fire...

The hikers got into a storm and had to turn back

The supermarket had to turn back many disappointed customers

If it were possible to turn back the clock, he would do the same.

We shall have to turn back if there's the slightest hint of fog.

It was too late to turn back.

We should turn back now. It's getting dark and I don't like the look of those rain clouds.

It's getting late - maybe we should turn back.

According to the map we missed our turn back there.

Turn back to the summaries at the end of section 1.5.

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