set back the clock

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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.
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Debates and discussions - as stated by Home Minister Chidambaram-on the issue are welcome, but it has to be ensured that no such action is taken which sets back the clock on what has been achieved after making tremendous sacrifices.