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 turn back turn back

verb

  • () retrace one's course  ( backtrack, double back, turn back )
    retrace one's course
     The hikers got into a storm and had to turn back
    The hikers got into a storm and had to turn back
  • () go back to a previous state  ( regress, retrovert, revert, turn back, return )
    go back to a previous state
     We reverted to the old rules
    We reverted to the old rules
  • () hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of  ( check, contain, turn back, arrest, stop, hold back )
    hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of
     Arrest the downward trend
    Arrest the downward trend
     Check the growth of communism in South East Asia
    Check the growth of communism in South East Asia
     Contain the rebel movement
    Contain the rebel movement
     Turn back the tide of communism
    Turn back the tide of communism
  • () force to go away; used both with concrete and metaphoric meanings  ( chase away, drive away, drive out, run off, turn back, drive off, dispel )
    force to go away; used both with concrete and metaphoric meanings
     Drive away potential burglars
    Drive away potential burglars
     drive away bad thoughts
    drive away bad thoughts
     dispel doubts
    dispel doubts
     The supermarket had to turn back many disappointed customers
    The supermarket had to turn back many disappointed customers
  • turn inside out or upside down  ( invert, turn back, reverse )
    turn inside out or upside down