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change back

To revert to an earlier state or situation. A noun or pronoun can be used between "change" and "back." I'm sorry, but I just hate this paint color. I think we need to change it back to the neutral shade it was before.
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change something back

to cause something to return to the original or a previous form. Whoever changed the television channel should change it back. Change back the channel to the game!
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change back

((in)to someone or something) to return to the original form. The crisis in Congress changed back to a minor matter within a week. Then Superman changed back into mild-mannered Clark Kent.
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change back

(from something) to return to the original form, state, or selection, from some other form, state, or selection. We are going to change back from our position of last month. We didn't like our new plumber, so we changed back.
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Having recently changed from petrol to diesel because of its higher efficiency, less effect on climate change and pounds in my pocket, I cannot see me changing back soon on current evidence.
Autumn was my favourite, the leaves a golden brown Now they're shed and sodden and slippery on the ground Christmas time was always fun with Jack Frost guaranteed Itdoesn't seem the same now, without the snow it's just the greed Summer had the heatwaves, no brollys to be seen The grass was thick and tidy and a lovely shade of green The seasons are a mixed bag now, all four seen in one day What's happened to this world we know, it's really hard to say Can't see it changing back now it look's as though we're stuck Unless Mother Nature has a change of heart and gives us all some luck
After more than 90 years of what many consider to be theft of water, things are changing back.
However, they can start the whole process again with further consultations which could mean changing back to a three-tier system in two years time.
As we move up the next hill, Van Hauten explains that our kinetic energy is now changing back into potential energy; we're losing speed but gaining height.
The French version also offers the option of changing back and forth between French and English.
He's done a great job and it just doesn't seem like changing back just to change back is the right thing to do.
9-11 changed everyone's lives and it isn't changing back anytime soon,'' he said.
There was one guy who kept honking at everyone and trying to change lanes, and then changing back into the lane he thought was moving faster,'' said Oliver.
You just keep the heat on whoever's in office to keep that from changing back,'' McKeon said.
This left him the difficult task of remaking the inside corner facing the new square, a case of changing backs into fronts and generating an asymmetrical main entrance to compete with the Neo-Classical might of the wedding door.