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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.
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According to Kavanagh, the new version of the bill is simply pushing back the clock to before the Phoenix anti-discrimination ordinance.
Washington, August 21 ( ANI ): Researchers have described an ancient skull recovered from a cave in the Annamite Mountains in northern Laos as the oldest modern human fossil found in Southeast Asia, pushing back the clock on modern human migration through the region by as much as 20,000 years.
In celebration of the anniversary, local McDonald's restaurants throughout the New York Tri-State area are pushing back the clock and offering customers its world-famous cheeseburgers at prices that haven't been seen in decades.