turn back the clock


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turn back the clock

1. Literally, to set the clock to an earlier time. Can you turn back the clock? It's five minutes fast.
2. To revisit, recount, or recreate a time or era from the past. If I could turn back the clock, I would manage my finances better so I could retire at an earlier age. The purpose of this conference is to turn back the clock by analyzing early human remains to gain insight into their way of life.
See also: back, clock, turn

turn back the clock

 and turn the clock back
See also: back, clock, turn

turn back the clock

return to the past or to a previous way of doing things.
See also: back, clock, turn
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Foreign-backed groups seek to turn back the clock," the U.
Ironically, the leap forward to fountain clocks is expected to turn back the clock, at least temporarily, to the days before the GPS.
Anyone who today attempts to turn back the clock and exclude this group from power risks provoking an explosion.
These bills turn back the clock by raising taxes on America's oil and gas industry, imposing onerous fees and additional restrictions on domestic energy production, and threatening to halt domestic oil and gas production by nullifying existing contracts.
This new eight-part series sees historian Ruth Goodman and archaeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn turn back the clock and run Manor Farm exactly as it would have been during the Second World War.
What a fun time we once had Now I am left alone feeling sad What I do miss Are your hugs and kisses I now feel rejected As I no longer share your bed The split hit me hard Now you don't even send me a birthday card O how I wish I could turn back the clock As you were Iike my rock We've lost touch Even now I miss you so much Since we did part The years have flown by as you broke my heart If the truth be known I hate being alone No-one will ever take your place In the whole of the human race Without you it's hard to comprehend As I feel like I am going around the bend.
The Sandu family want to turn back the clock at Hawthorn House in Handsworth Wood and have submitted a planning application to restore it as a large family home.
TOWN are out to turn back the clock as they aim to keep their unbeaten league run intact.
One cannot turn back the clock, But has to hurry on, Then I have to ask myself, Where has this enemy called time gone?
TEESSIDERS are being encouraged to turn back the clock this summer for an old-fashioned British street party.
I guess it's just me, growing old Things will never be the same You can't turn back the clock of life But I can always wind it up again.
It's unthinkable that any political figure would want to turn back the clock.
RATHER than continue his string of contemporary collaborations with the likes of Eric Clapton and U2, octagenarian blues legend BB King brings in producer T Bone Burnett to turn back the clock and recreate the sound he started out with in the 1950s.
It's the chance to turn back the clock and return to an era when greasers in leather jackets and hep chicks in poodle skirts cruised to the local drive-in in a car with white rims and tail fins.
Anyone who was broadsided because they forgot to look left before entering an intersection will tell you how they wished they could turn back the clock.