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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
References in classic literature ?
The bear wandered, now this way and now that, doubling back and forth and crossing his trail in circles, so that at the end he was near where Keesh had first come upon him.
In doubling back after Tarzan, Sheeta had passed around a low bush.
5 mile diversion with cyclists doubling back on themselves due to the lack of a crossing over the rail line.
Also: A few of these athletes will be doubling back from the 10,000.
in alleys narrowing, emptying into each other, doubling back .
Hundreds living in the Norton Hill estate, in Wyken, will have to turn left out of town before doubling back at a roundabout.
He hit an 18-footer and 22-footer, all from the left side, and saved his best for last by doubling back on James and connecting on a 20-footer with 8.
Four chapters: "Villainy in Black and White," "Slaves as Subversives," "Blacks and Social Banditry," and "Gangland: Crime and Culture in Contemporary America," move roughly forward in time, despite much doubling back.
This year's Whitney Biennial included Doubling Back, 2003, an installation featuring two projected traveling waves engaged in a graceful curvilinear dance with each other in the darkened gallery space.
The court party of some 40 people escorted by four policemen, walked up Sand Street to the war memorial before doubling back and travelling down Gidney Lane to the Ross Peers Sports Centre.
100 Years Ago Trooper Herbert Chandler of the Warwickshire Yeomanry was practising tent-pegging at Warwick last evening when the shaft of the lance broke, and the point, doubling back, pierced the horse's neck and the saddle and entered the man's abdomen, causing shocking injuries.
Doubling back through the sawmill station at full speed, as you continue on your journey, you climb once again to twist and turn along the mountainside before returning out of breath, with a smile and yearning to do it all over again
The court party, which comprised some 40 people escorted by four policemen, one at each corner of the group, walked up Sand Street to the war memorial before doubling back and travelling down Gidney Lane to the Ross Peers Sports Centre.
Diversions were in place but Emscote Road residents said they must be poorly signed in Warwick as traffic was coming along the road and then doubling back into the town.
Fleshman and Siraki may team to set a fast pace and pull away from Bei, who will be doubling back from the 1,600 earlier in the meet.