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look back

 (at someone or something) and look back (on someone or something)
1. Lit. to gaze back and try to get a view of someone or something. She looked back at the city and whispered a good-bye to everything she had ever cared for. I went away and never looked back.
2. Fig. to think about someone or something in the past. When I look back on Frank, I do remember his strange manner, come to think of it. When I look back, lam amazed at all I have accomplished.
See also: back, look

look back

1. Remember or think about the past, as in When Mom looked back on the early days of their marriage, she wondered how they'd managed with so little money . [Late 1500s]
2. not look back; never look back. Never show signs of interrupted progress, never return to past circumstances. For example, Once he'd won the Pulitzer Prize, he never looked back. [Late 1800s]
See also: back, look

look back

v.
1. To direct one's gaze backward: The travelers looked back to the city as they boarded the ship.
2. To think about the past; retrospect: At the high school reunion, everyone looked back at the good times they had shared.
See also: back, look
References in classic literature ?
Or, if you must think of the time that is passed, can you not look back to the time when I first loved you?
He does not look back before disappearing, with a wavering step.
But we must not look back on a missed opportunity by not supporting a huge new multi-million pound supercar factory on a controversial green belt site in Peddimore, Minworth.
Hopkins, who turns 50 in January, was floored in the opening round by a straight right by his Russian opponent who did not look back, with the judges scoring the fight 120-107, 120-107 and 120-106 in his favour.
And the 28-year-old did not look back, sending down nine aces and firing 20 winners en route to a 76-minute success which will see him rise a place to sixth in the world rankings.
ISLAMABAD -- Former President Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA), Ali Ahmad Kurd has said that common men started campaign for two years to restore judiciary but Iftikhar Chaudhry did not look back upon them after reinstatement.
But, after Gary Botha got over in the sixth minute, Toulouse would not look back.
Do not look back on happiness or dream of it in the future.
I assure you that you will not look back - I never did.
She revealed: "I am ready to move forward and not look back.
The very first game of round two saw Sharapova having to battle back from 0-40 against Belarusian Yakimova but, having done that, the 24-year-old did not look back.
Let us not look back then at that time of despair and oddities in
Do not look back because we cannot change the past, but look at the now and may we all look to the future under the leadership of an elected new Prime Minister.
And from there the Briton did not look back, breaking the Federer serve again and then - on his fourth match point - completing victory.
Our once grand architectural heritage has been decimated by countless here-today-gone tomorrow, local politicians, bamboozled by developers like Maghull, who do not look back further than yesterday or look forward further than next week.