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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.
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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.
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He took lenses and eye casts back to his workshop at home to spend hours making shells for the following week.
Biopic of Cole Porter, the composer, exploring his private lfie and his public persona as the songwriter casts back to key events in his life watching a rehearsal of a musical based on his own experiences, which include his marriage to a glamorous woman, his affairs with men and the tragedy that blighted his life.
Almost inevitably, O'Neill's mind casts back to his own playing days when the golden boy of his generation, Trevor Francis, spent a big chunk of his playing career - including the 1980 European Cup Final for Nottingham Forest against SV Hamburg - with an Achilles injury after he had scored the winner the previous season against Malmo.
The moment then casts back to a very camp Alan Bennett, Jonathan Miller, Dudley and Peter Cook during their early years in Beyond the Fringe when Dud and Pete were already causing havoc by changing scripts mid-performance and exchanging the banter they became most famous for during their years as one of the greatest British double acts.