turn back the clock

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turn back the clock

1. Literally, to set the clock to an earlier time. Can you turn back the clock? It's five minutes fast.
2. To revisit, recount, or recreate a time or era from the past. If I could turn back the clock, I would manage my finances better so I could retire at an earlier age. The purpose of this conference is to turn back the clock by analysing early human remains to gain insight into their way of life.
See also: back, clock, turn

turn back the clock

 and turn the clock back
See also: back, clock, turn

turn back the clock

also roll back the clock
to make things the same as they were at an earlier time I cannot vote for someone who promises to turn back the clock to better days because that's impossible.
Usage notes: sometimes used in the form turn the clock back
See also: back, clock, turn