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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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Proper official response to Chinese version-whether it changes or changes back or whatever-is simply: "NOTED".
SIR - I think that this election has taught us in Wales two things: 1) Labour has let Wales down again as it cannot win enough seats in England to form a London government unless it changes back to a pink Tory party as it was under Tony Blair.
Once all changes are made, the woman lifts a bottle of Acqua Vitasnella to her lips, takes a sip and immediately changes back to the way she was.
AirVersent will in turn provide its 20/20 Delivery software product which receives order information from back-office systems, makes the data available to drivers on mobile handheld devices, and then relays order status changes back to the central systems in real-time all as drivers execute their route assignments.
But unfortunately, I get rid of it and let it rust in peace as soon as the weather changes back and the sun starts burning your skin again.
Sixty-six per cent of people felt ministers were right to push the changes back for 12 months.
Wayne Saewyc, a volunteer editor for Wikipedia sister-site Wikinews, traced the changes back to the senators' offices.
She switches from an American English accent to a British English accent to a French accent flawlessly, never confusing the accent or characters as the scene changes back and forth from the present to the turn of the 18th century.
It shortens the clamped length at a certain rpm before the pre-calculated harmonic occurs, then changes back to the original clamped length again.
When a user sends changes from a client, such as a wireless phone, to a server, the user can continue making subsequent changes to the database records on the client while waiting for the server to receive the original changes, resolve conflicts, and send any server-side changes back to the client.
With Documents To Go, students and educators can view and edit Word, Excel and other files right on the handheld, and bring changes back to the desktop during synchronization.
In addition the new web client enables Notes users to work seamlessly with applications off-line and to send changes back to a central server.
While the Service will not grant such a change until this issue is settled, this course of action would allow changes back to the accrual method at the earliest possible date.
represents investors throughout Europe, we would like to focus on how German investment activities in the US have been effected by the sweeping changes back home.