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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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Camilla will then watch children's riding classes and tour the countryside area while Charles doubles back to the sheep section and visits the food hall.
50 @Tesco Twist the ponytail around until it doubles back on itself.
of Colorado-Boulder) examines a number of novels that share a peculiar inward turning of the narrative, a gaze into the cosmos, he calls it, that doubles back to produce an image of the gazing self.
About 96,000 people live in District 13, which has the following boundaries: Beginning at the district's southwest corner, the boundary line goes north on Natoma Avenue, west on Wells Drive, north on Serrania Avenue, east on the Ventura Freeway, north on Winnetka Avenue, east on the former railroad right of way along Topham and Oxnard streets, south on Etiwanda Avenue, west on Burbank Boulevard, then doubles back eastward on the Ventura Freeway, north on the San Diego Freeway, east along the former railroad right of way near Oxnard Street, south on Van Nuys Boulevard, east on Valley Vista Boulevard, south on Beverly Glen Boulevard, west on Mulholland Drive, south on the San Diego Freeway to Skirball Center Drive, north on Sepulveda Boulevard and then west generally along Mulholland.
There are plenty of weapons at hand to keep you in the lead, including homing missiles and a brilliant rocket which speeds past the car in the lead and then doubles back and blows it away.
Finding no exit, the gas stream splits in two and doubles back, creating two counter-rotating vortices.
The course follows the Schuylkill River up to the Falls Bridge and doubles back down the river to the Art Museum.
03 pm: The group reaches the war memorial in the town centre and then doubles back to walk towards the Ross Peers sports centre.
He doubles back down the boulevard and stops at every trash can for discards that bring pennies from the recycler - because enough pennies become dimes, and enough dimes become dollars.
First, Lawler's work doubles back on itself, delivering the same information twice.
The team injected mice with a DNA molecule that produces an unusual RNA which doubles back on itself like a hairpin to make a single, double-stranded molecule.
We've taken the men's doubles back to three sets up to the quarter-finals and that will be an option for the singles if this keeps up.
It ends where it begins, like a recurring dream that doubles back on itself and finds no true resolution.