push back the clock

push back the clock

To revisit, recount, return to or recreate a time or era from the past. The purpose of this conference is to push back the clock by analyzing early human remains and try to gain insight into their way of life. The governor is bent on pushing back the clock and returning us to the ethics of the 1950s.
See also: back, clock, push
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The proposals would push back the clock on women's hard-won independence, increasing fathers' powers and further endangering the safety of single mothers and children," the spokeswoman said.