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turn back

verb (v)

  • retrace one's course (verb.motion)
    The hikers got into a storm and had to turn back.
    source: wordnet30
  • go back to a previous state (verb.change)
    source: wordnet30
  • force to go away; used both with concrete and metaphoric meanings (verb.motion)
    The supermarket had to turn back many disappointed customers.
    source: wordnet30
  • hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of (verb.competition)
    Turn back the tide of communism.
    source: wordnet30
  • turn inside out or upside down (verb.change)
    Synonym: invert, reverse
    source: wordnet30

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