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double back (on someone or something)

[for a person or animal] to reverse motion, moving toward (rather than away from) someone or something. (Refers primarily to a person or animal that is being pursued by someone or a group.) The deer doubled back on the hunter. The robber doubled back on the police, and they lost track of him. I doubled back on my own trail.
See also: back, double

double back

Reverse one's course, go back the way one has come. For example, The officer lost the suspect, who had doubled back on him. This term, at first put simply as to double, is used largely to describe a way of evading pursuit. [Late 1500s]
See also: back, double

double back

v.
1. To turn around and move back in the opposite direction: Since we got lost, we'll need to double back and start over.
2. To turn sharply or reverse course completely, as of a path: The road doubles back, following the course of the river. The trail up the mountain doubles back on itself several times.
See also: back, double
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My flight got canceled, so that first trip was even longer because I had to fly all the way to the other side of Australia then double back because I had to get there.
The number of miles will be swelled by those having to double back after forgetting Christmas presents, with people in North-east England the most absent-minded in this respect.
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I tried a double back flip off the parallel bars, and landed on my back, breaking my neck,'' he said, his voice displaying none of the fear and depression that once ruled his life after the accident.
From there you can double back or take one of several alternative routes through Goleta and back to Santa Barbara.
Maintenance workers began to double back to retrofit the grilles bolted to exterior window frames last April.
The building of the railroad tunnel - actually a series of three tunnels that took four years to construct - meant travelers no longer had to ride out of their way and then double back into Los Angeles, but could travel straight through the narrow Santa Susana Pass.
Tack on an extra half-hour to account for the fact that you probably will walk right by the annoyingly UNMARKED trail to Parson's, and will have to angrily double back on blistered feet to the camp.
Rather than double back on the road from Valdez, they boarded the Bartlett with their car.
Turn left and drive under the freeway, then left again and double back into the village.
They will peel 20 feet of line from a single-action fly reel, then double back and spit the barbless fly in a heartbeat.