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date back

To have originated at an earlier time. This phrase is often followed by "to" and then the corresponding time frame or historical figure. I know she thinks that this vase is some great antique, but I doubt it dates back more than 30 years. This vase dates back to the Victorian period. This vase dates back to Queen Victoria.
See also: back, date

date from (something)

To have originated in an earlier time period. This vase dates from the Victorian period.
See also: date
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date back (to someone or some time)

to have origins that extend back to the time of someone or something. This part of the palace dates back to Catherine the Great. This is old! It really must date back.
See also: back, date
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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But if vestiges of the brandy-and-soda era clung to the plays in the festival this year, Buffman is conscious of the need to shed the genre's reputation for datedness. "We need to have confidence in our product," he says "because it's not our goal to top the great classics by Agatha and Conan Doyle and the others.
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Sapdaru's subsequent interventions went further, stripping the translation of dead metaphors, linguistic archaisms and dramatic datedness, so that in his production language would have the same status as movement, choreography, music and set, and wouldn't monopolize the audience's attention.
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However, the most serious drawback to this collection is its datedness. A check of the endnotes in the articles reveals that, in all but one article, the most recent reference is to 1994, and several have nothing beyond 1991.