put the clock back

put/turn the clock back

to make things the same as they were at an earlier time The court's decision has put the clock back a hundred years. (often + to ) Let's turn back the clock to 1963 and listen to the Beatles singing 'Love, love me do'.
See also: back, clock, put
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Overall, this swing to the left is not good for British business and, if Labour came to power, would put the clock back some 40 years.
We can't put the clock back, but Ed has to stop acting like a deep-thinking professor and talk to voters in a language they understand.
I know his growing up is inevitable and indeed desirable, but it did make me pine to put the clock back just another touch.
They would put the clock back to those days when people simply did not live as long as we do today.
We may have to put the clock back nine months for a cow and five months for a sheep to the point of infection before the time lambs or calves are born with malformations.
And call time on their attempts to put the clock back.
I'm not suggesting we should put the clock back on this.
He told the judge: "He's asked me to say to the victim he wishes he could put the clock back and apologises to her most sincerely.
I have no doubt if you could put the clock back, you would do so.
While he was dealt with under the law of the time and we can't put the clock back, his treatment was, of course, utterly unfair.
Current WRU chief executive Roger Lewis revealed this week that plans are in place to establish a fifth region and stated: "If I could put the clock back, I would certainly not have disbanded the Celtic Warriors.
What I really, really want (no doubt like all mothers with an empty nest) is to put the clock back a decade or three when Christmas meant a house full of anticipation and activity.
There can be no doubt that, if we could put the clock back to 2003, a lot of things would have been done very differently.
Sadly, Harry Enfield's obese Jamie and Oliver and Little Britain's Fatbusters have put the clock back on highlighting this very serious issue.
All in all, I know I left a good, kind man to be with him but I don't know how to put the clock back.