turn the clock back

turn the clock back

 and turn back the clock 
1. Lit. to set a clock to an earlier time. I have to turn the clocks back each fall. Please turn back the clock.
2. Fig. to try to return to the past. You are not facing up to the future. You are trying to turn the clock back to a time when you were more comfortable. Let us turn back the clock and pretend we are living at the turn of the centurythe time that our story takes place.
See also: back, clock, turn
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We can't turn the clock back but nor must we turn our backs when a human tragedy is unfolding off the shores of Europe.
Are we really going to be the ones to turn the clock back centuries?
If you are reading this and are either ex Electrical Branch or you know somebody who is, help me to turn the clock back.
If you are either ex Electrical Branch or you know someone who is, help me to turn the clock back.
The HMS Collingwood Association is looking for those who either loved or loathed the place to turn the clock back and join us on our next visit.
Scotland is far too important to turn the clock back 300 years.
LEON PRYCE will turn the clock back six years when he embarks on his new career in France after being handed the number three jersey by Catalan Dragons.
We want a Government with the guts to turn the clock back to the 1930s and 40s when the punishment fitted the crime.
And the Blues boss said that if he could turn the clock back then Phillips would probably have played more this season.
We don't want to turn the clock back to the days when you had two cleaners doing the same job, but getting different pay.
A rise in protectionism could turn the clock back a long way.
If I could turn the clock back I would have been a striker, out there running around and giving goalkeepers a hard time.
They fear she will attempt to turn the clock back on affirmative action and laws against age discrimination, housing discrimination, and corporate abuse.
I might not agree with everything that Stan Clarke has done, but turn the clock back ten years and the transformation he has made with this place is absolutely remarkable.
Les and Joe are a couple of old Vals who didn't know each other, but hooked up one day to turn the clock back to Halloween past for any kid in the Valley who wanted to see what it was like.