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go back

to return to the place of origin. That's where I came from, and I'll never go back. I don't want to go back.
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go back

1. Return, retrace one's steps; also, return to a former condition. For example, I'm going back to the haunts of my youth, or We want to go back to the old way of doing things. [First half of 1500s]
2. Extend backward in space or time, as in Our land goes back to the stone wall, or The family name goes back to Norman times. [Second half of 1600s] Also see go back on.
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go back

v.
1. To return or revert to something: I'd never go back to that restaurant after the awful meal we had. After lunch, I went back home and slept. The children go back to school in the fall. That book needs to go back to the library.
2. To reverse direction: We were going to drive across the bridge, but it was so windy, we decided to go back.
3. go back to To resume some activity: After looking around, the deer went back to eating. I turned off my alarm and went back to sleep.
4. go back to To return one's attention to something; refer to something: Let's go back to an interesting comment you made earlier. If we go back to her earlier books, you can see how her style has changed.
5. To consider or refer to some past time, especially in a narrative: In chapter four, the book goes back to the main character's childhood.
6. To have existed since some time; date back: This house goes back to the 1800s. That idea goes back to Thomas Aquinas.
7. To have been acquainted for some period of time: We're old friends—we go back at least 20 years. He and I go way back—we used to play together as children.
8. go back on To fail to carry out some promise or commitment: I hope you don't go back on your promise to help me out.
9. go back on To claim that something said earlier is untrue; retract or take back something: The witness went back on his story when the lawyer questioned him. The researcher said she would not go back on her original claim.
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I better go back now and start my tourist business.
I think we'll have to go back to the flat, won't we?
It depends how far we go and how much rest we get but I'd love to go back.
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You pass that creamed corn, you can't go back and get some.
Do some exercises and go back and feel the first position, feel the rotation, because it's so basic.
People want to go back to see what kind of shape their houses are in, but exposure to some of those houses could be a life or death health situation.
The girl said: "You--you just got to go back t'night?
They do it over and over until it's too dark to tell the sand from the air, then go back home sweaty and smiling.
But I soon had enough money to go back to Iraq for another few months beginning in April 2004.
People were planning to return to Mexico in groups: finally, we get to go back and be healthy.
About four months into the job, his attendance problems led to a suspension, and he didn't go back.