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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.
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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.
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The answer is that this day has a special significance in the history of Egyptian women, as it dates back to one of their earliest political demonstrations during the 1919 revolution, when women took to the streets to protest, not for women's rights, but to confront the British occupation.
Evidence of these close ties dates back to one of the most famous world explorers, Ibn Battuta, who introduced China to the Arab and Western worlds.
His involvement in the space dates back to one of the city's very first digital agencies, Interweb, which Douglas helped grow in 1995, and later sell to THINK New Ideas (now the Hackett Group).
The traditional version that is used nowadays dates back to one from the 1720s.
The case dates back to one of the deadliest bouts of violence during Morsi's one year in office.
Sahin's affection for Liverpool dates back to one of the greatest nights in the club's history - the miracle of Istanbul.
The oldest unclaimed prize - pounds 25 - dates back to one of the earliest prize draws in November 1957.