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To reminisce about something that happened in the past. I had a great childhood and look back on those days very fondly.
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look back

 (at someone or something) and look back (on someone or something)
1. Lit. to gaze back and try to get a view of someone or something. She looked back at the city and whispered a good-bye to everything she had ever cared for. I went away and never looked back.
2. Fig. to think about someone or something in the past. When I look back on Frank, I do remember his strange manner, come to think of it. When I look back, lam amazed at all I have accomplished.
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look back

1. Remember or think about the past, as in When Mom looked back on the early days of their marriage, she wondered how they'd managed with so little money . [Late 1500s]
2. not look back; never look back. Never show signs of interrupted progress, never return to past circumstances. For example, Once he'd won the Pulitzer Prize, he never looked back. [Late 1800s]
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look back

v.
1. To direct one's gaze backward: The travelers looked back to the city as they boarded the ship.
2. To think about the past; retrospect: At the high school reunion, everyone looked back at the good times they had shared.
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Think-aloud studies reviewed by Pressley and Afflerbach (1995) show that competent readers do report looking back in text for various reasons.
Of course one reason for looking back is to trump the tricks that memory can play.
Looking back, one can very clearly see the historical forces that brought longterm care to its current state: vigorous in expanding its services, depressed by adverse financial and regulatory forces, but enlivened by a powerful undercurrent of devotion to the elderly that, in the better organizations, never seems to go away.
Future generations will look back at the appalling suffering of the dying in our time with the same horror we feel when looking back at barbaric "medical treatments" such as bleeding with leeches or inflicting circular burns over the entire bodies of those afflicted with certain "nervous disorders."
He is walking fast and not looking back, not looking back to see if Eleanor is waiting.
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"I honestly didn't think I had that much of a story to tell until I started looking back on everything."
May I suggest that instead of looking back, we look forward.
It is only by looking back that we can resolve to try harder in the future.
If you have an old photo you think would be a perfect image for this spot, send it to Looking Back, The Register-Guard, P.O.
Looking back on Kozloff's essay, one finds a far more nuanced and wide-ranging argument than one expects, given the muckraking studies that followed.
Looking back, Morgan says the two crucial things she learned from the role were how to present herself in front of an audience and how to create a character.
Looking back on past RGB actions, Margulies is concerned that the proposed guidelines won't be increased, but could be decreased after the board hears more testimony, particularly if many tenants plead their cases at the public hearings.
The man who may well be America's greatest living gay writer is sitting in a straight-backed chair in his tiny apartment in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y., looking back. During his 45-year career, James Purdy has produced 16 novels, 30 plays, and the odd volume of poetry.
Yet looking back from the vantage point of the Weimar era, as Harris encourages us to do in a chatty, somewhat uneven bibliographical overview in his last chapter, Bavarian opposition to Jewish emancipation seems to me far indeed from the antisemitic fulminations of the Nazis.