set back the clock

set back the clock

To revisit, recount, return to, or recreate a time or era from the past. The purpose of this conference is to set back the clock by analyzing remains of early human and trying to gain insight into their way of life. The governor is bent on setting back the clock and returning us to the ethics of the 1950s. I'd love to set back the clock to when I was a kid. It was such a happy, carefree time in my life.
See also: back, clock, set
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Falling over the cliff would set back the clock substantially for business travel and every other sector of the economy in the near term.
It would also set back the clock on Iraqi politics--using the same protest tactic that Sunnis used in 2005 parliament voting that left them with only a few lawmakers and a weakened voice in key debates.
If implemented, this arrangement would set back the clock on Iran s breakout capability as it would reduce Iran s stockpile far below the amount needed in order to produce a weapon, and it would take time to reconstitute the amount needed for a breakout," he said.
No inquiry, no action within our power can ever set back the clock to 9am last Friday," he said, "nor can it restore to their grieving parents, sisters and brothers, the children who lost their lives.
The Mexican indigenous struggle has not come to set back the clock.