roll back the years

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roll back the years

1. To perform at an exceptionally high level despite no longer being young and in one's prime. (Used especially in reference to athletes.) O'Connor, playing his 15th championship match in this league, rolled back the years and stood out as one of the best players on the pitch. Will the retired skater, seeking a gold medal after all this time, be able to roll back the years and keep step with the competition?
2. To induce a sense or state of nostalgia; to be reminiscent of or make people think about the past. Wow, those bell-bottom pants you're wearing really roll back the years to the 1970s. Hearing this song again rolls back the years to a time when I was young and carefree.
See also: back, roll, year
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THREE decades since The Last Time he became a dad, rocker Ronnie Wood is rolling back the years as he copes with the demands of newborn twins.
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SPORT Wales National Centre is rolling back the years as it prepares to celebrate its 40th anniversary.
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It's like rolling back the years when I used to watch the internationals.
Peter and Lynn Devanny will be rolling back the years after winning the holiday of a lifetime in a Gazette competition.
Yesterday American legend Jack Nicklaus was rolling back the years at Augusta.
Nixon was called into action midway through the second half, rolling back the years to deny Grimsby's Michael Boulding with a fine diving stop.
1 LEE BOWYER celebrated rolling back the years after grabbing an 89th-minute equaliser for Birmingham against Premier leaders Manchester United.
Davis, in particular, has been rolling back the years in recent outings, producing some marvellous performances to deny last year's champion Stephen Maguire and Ken Doherty.
A classic rally is coming to Hexham on Saturday with organisers rolling back the years to the old-style events of the 1950s and 60s.
But it won't be Kenny, Gordon and Joe rolling back the years to their golden era to pull on the Dark Blue once more.
ROLLING back the years in her 80s-style electric blue dress, Victoria Beckham went for a prebirthday bash on Wednesday night with her New Best Friends in LA.
Jim Courier keeps on rolling back the years, but there looks little downside in a games supremacy buy of opponent Yevgeny Kafelnikov at 3.