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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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As far as the climate "changing back," temperature records kept by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration show that the world hasn't had a cooler-than-average year since 1976 or a cooler-than-normal month since the end of 1985.
After spending thousands on new livery for uniforms, vans, letterheads etc., they are now contemplating changing back to the smaller Health Boards.
Having recently changed from petrol to diesel because of its higher efficiency, less effect on climate change and pounds in my pocket, I cannot see me changing back soon on current evidence.
THE colour of the Cardiff City shirts is changing back from from red to blue.
Tired of changing back and forth and running up and down the ladder, I thought there must be a better way.
Now, 74 years later, it's considering changing back to GMT, which would put Spain in line with Portugal, Morocco, and the U.K.
Autumn was my favourite, the leaves a golden brown Now they're shed and sodden and slippery on the ground Christmas time was always fun with Jack Frost guaranteed Itdoesn't seem the same now, without the snow it's just the greed Summer had the heatwaves, no brollys to be seen The grass was thick and tidy and a lovely shade of green The seasons are a mixed bag now, all four seen in one day What's happened to this world we know, it's really hard to say Can't see it changing back now it look's as though we're stuck Unless Mother Nature has a change of heart and gives us all some luck!
The director changes from colour to a black and white lens during the song's third refrain, before changing back to colour for the final shots of Rihanna lying in a field of grass, the same shot that opens the video.
The golden coach is changing back into a pumpkin quicker than Sven can say 'pay rise' and the club's back up for sale.
Living in at least two cultures, these women weave their way back and forth, sometimes searching out their roots and their distant relatives, sometimes shortening their names and then changing back to the longer, more difficult form they had forsaken earlier.
Changing back to the all-wheel steer mode can be done in the same way.
However, they can start the whole process again with further consultations which could mean changing back to a three-tier system in two years time.
Olazabal's mishap had Jimenez changing back into his golfing gear to watch the tense finale from the driving range.
In Peachtree Accounting for Windows I was trying to change to the next accounting period and received a message that my accounts were out of balance and it was changing back to period 17.
As we move up the next hill, Van Hauten explains that our kinetic energy is now changing back into potential energy; we're losing speed but gaining height.