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double back

To return to some thing or place after moving away from it, especially by following the same path taken when leaving. I was walking to my car when I realized I'd forgotten my lunch on the kitchen counter and doubled back to get it.
See also: back, double

double back (on someone or something)

[for a person or animal] to reverse motion, moving toward (rather than away from) someone or something. (Refers primarily to a person or animal that is being pursued by someone or a group.) The deer doubled back on the hunter. The robber doubled back on the police, and they lost track of him. I doubled back on my own trail.
See also: back, double

double back

Reverse one's course, go back the way one has come. For example, The officer lost the suspect, who had doubled back on him. This term, at first put simply as to double, is used largely to describe a way of evading pursuit. [Late 1500s]
See also: back, double

double back

v.
1. To turn around and move back in the opposite direction: Since we got lost, we'll need to double back and start over.
2. To turn sharply or reverse course completely, as of a path: The road doubles back, following the course of the river. The trail up the mountain doubles back on itself several times.
See also: back, double
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Engineering work at Linlithgow was already causing delays on the line and passengers were warned yesterday that many journeys will now take at least an extra 30 minutes as trains are diverted or double back to avoid the blockage.
FULL STORY: PAGE 7 SKY BLUES TARGET LEAGUE DOUBLE BACK PAGE SEARCH AFTER DOG ATTACK POLICE are hunting a man who let his dog viciously attack a teenager in a case of mistaken identity.
The number of miles will be swelled by those having to double back after forgetting Christmas presents, with people in North-east England the most absent-minded in this respect.
At the end of the golf course, turn left at the waymark post to join the drive, and double back to go over the railway bridge.
Double back beneath the canal bridge and at the exit bear left along the hedge and brook to enter an open field.
MARK Bird smashed home a spectacular 25-yarder for Hillmorton Red Lion but it was scant consolation as CRC Reserves cruised to a 4-1 victory - Simon Barclay's double backed up by Dave Barclay and Charlie Wright.
Andy Bolton slotted home a double backed by singles for Jamie Williams, Ian Lochran and Ryan Williams in this extra-time victory despite efforts from Danny Holdsworth, Tony Murphy and Wynn Taylor for the unlucky Parkfield side.
Prince of Wales saw off Division Two rivals Red Lion 4-1, Nic Tomes's double backed up by Mike Thomas and Richard Teale, and need to win their game in hand to force a winner-takesall showdown against Dunchurch who collected the same score against Royal Oak courtesy of Andy Gilroy, Drew Coleman, David Bowen and Nick Matthews.
Division Two leaders Prince of Wales edged out Royal Oak 1-0 but Dunchurch remain just a point behind after crushing The Webb 7-1 - David Bowen's double backed up by David Bennett, Tom Robinson, Adam Treacy Michael Treacy and Lee Moulds.
The car then pulled away and double backed around a roundabout to take the same route as Michelle had done a week earlier.