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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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This governor has a golden opportunity to go back and tell this president, I gave to you, this is what you need to give to me,'' said Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland.
We'd get him to go back to his trainer and set up, and he'd go back to his mark and want to do it again.
We're going to go back and do what the court ordered,'' said Vince Bertoni, interim director of the city planning department.
Then you get back to doing really good work, and you get to go back to your family.
They knew I was a South Vietnam officer, and couldn't go back.
Those few who find it hard to pay the mortgage on the union stipend should go back to work.
One of the more notable ones was to change Walker's character, Chris, from one of Connolly's Professor Edward Johnston character's students into his son in order to give the nonscientist stronger motivation to go back in time when Johnston becomes trapped in the 14th century.
Zaighum Zaidi, 46, continues to work as a front desk clerk at a Ventura Boulevard motel, waiting for the INS to walk in one day and tell him it's time to go back to Pakistan.
Sylmar coach Bort Escoto understood Lewis' reasoning: Lewis moved to Sylmar to get his life in order after going through family turmoil but felt he was ready to go back.
I really want to break up with him and go back home but I can't leave until May and it's only October.
I won't go back," exclaimed defendant No 1, with emphasis.
The last reason I would like to go back to this time is because when I got my dog I found my best friend.
But they had no record of me and I was told to go back to the A&E again.
For example Manchester City's Roberto Mancini was reportedly sad that he had to let Mario Balotelli go back to Italy.