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change back

To revert to an earlier state or situation. A noun or pronoun can be used between "change" and "back." I'm sorry, but I just hate this paint color. I think we need to change it back to the neutral shade it was before.
See also: back, change
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

change something back

to cause something to return to the original or a previous form. Whoever changed the television channel should change it back. Change back the channel to the game!
See also: back, change

change back

((in)to someone or something) to return to the original form. The crisis in Congress changed back to a minor matter within a week. Then Superman changed back into mild-mannered Clark Kent.
See also: back, change

change back

(from something) to return to the original form, state, or selection, from some other form, state, or selection. We are going to change back from our position of last month. We didn't like our new plumber, so we changed back.
See also: back, change
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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References in classic literature ?
But the real Button-Bright is good to look at, and I hope to get him changed back to himself, some time."
The weather had changed back, a great wind was abroad, and beneath the lamp, in my room, with Flora at peace beside me, I sat for a long time before a blank sheet of paper and listened to the lash of the rain and the batter of the gusts.
He had changed back to Roxy's dress, with the stoop of age added to he disguise, so that Wilson would not bother himself about a humble old women leaving a neighbor's house by the back way in the early morning, in case he was still spying.
Here, without the use of a battery, with no more electric current than that made by a couple of magnets, all the waves of a sound had been carried along a wire and changed back to sound at the farther end.
When it passed Miss Tita was there still, but the transfiguration was over and she had changed back to a plain, dingy, elderly person.
Lady Dedlock stopped upon the instant and changed back almost to what I had known her.
MISS DON'T IN LEE BRIAN ECHO FRIDAY'S Thoughout its years of exsistance the name changed back and forth.
Urmia Lake in northern-western Iran changed back to a healthy blue colour after bouts of wet weather rejuvenated the waters.
Wu added he was trying to get it changed back again.
An experiment carried out in the late 1960s found that there were more road accidents when clocks weren't changed back in autumn.
They rapidly changed back into their dry suits and life-jackets and enetered the surf to recover the woman.
ere is ample parking and the converted garage is only a slight adjustment away from being changed back into a place for parking if needed.
Her famous red and black hoops were changed to blue and yellow in the 60s, but readers didn't like the switch and the colours were changed back.
The clocks are changed eight weeks before the Shortest Day and then will not be changed back to BST until 30th March 2014 which is 14 weeks after the Shortest Day.