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cast back

1. To return something to its original location. A noun or pronoun can be used between "cast" and "back." If you decide against any of those library books, please cast them back where you found them.
2. To refer or think back to something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "cast" and "back." In the second chapter of your thesis, be sure to cast back to the topics and themes you presented in chapter one. I tried casting my mind back to high school algebra and couldn't remember a thing.
See also: back, cast
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

cast something back (some place)

to throw something back somewhere. I cast the fish back in the water. Cast back those stones and all the others you took from the pile.
See also: back, cast
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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References in classic literature ?
Let us begin by casting back a glance at the region whence you came.
He signed her to precede him; and casting back a look that cut my heart, she obeyed.
On casting back our eyes over the series of events we have recorded, we see no reason to attribute the failure of this great commercial undertaking to any fault in the scheme, or omission in the execution of it, on the part of the projector.
The crowded mirror of the Horican was gone; and, in its place, the green and angry waters lashed the shores, as if indignantly casting back its impurities to the polluted strand.
'I hear you,' he cried, starting from his seat, casting back the fastenings of the window-shutters, and throwing up the sash.
Arthur went off with him, casting back a longing look on Lucy's face, which lay in her pillow, almost whiter than the lawn.
"Ascot has changed a bit since then," says Thornton, his mind casting back to the days when King George V was a regular attendee.
THE international break has given us World Cup fever - and set minds casting back to the best tournaments and iconic moments of yesteryear.
It's a bit early to start casting back to the events of 2015, fondly or otherwise, to scrape together a festive best-of for the run-up to Christmas.
He drew grandiose links, casting back to the first coins in Mesopotamia and referring to the introduction of paper currency substitutes.
A major disadvantage using this system is the extra handling required at each operation, such as (1) pulling the casting from the container; (2) performing the cleaning task (grind, remove runners, shotblast, etc.); (3) transferring the casting back to a container; (4) moving the container to another operation; and (5) starting the sequence over again.
Al, from nearby Shanklin, targeted the foaming surf by casting back towards the shore, not out to sea, and got it just right when the big bass crunched his mackerel bait and made a run for it.
While it can be helpful, its biggest benefit is providing stability to the organization, and as you apply it you know more accurately what happened when you get a defective casting back from a customer.