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fade back

1. In American football, for an offensive player to move backward before making a play while the rest of the offensive players move forward. The quarterback faded back before throwing the ball.
2. To recede. I started to cry as I watched my old house fade back in the rearview mirror.
See also: back, fade

fade back (into something)

to move back into a particular area. He faded back to throw a pass. Quickly and unnoticed, he faded back.
See also: back, fade

fade back

v.
1. In American football, to move away from the line of scrimmage, opposite to the direction of the overall offensive play, in order to gain time to make a forward pass: The quarterback faded back and looked downfield for an open receiver.
2. To move something backwards into some space: After she took the medicine, the rash faded back to just her finger.
See also: back, fade
References in classic literature ?
"And thus, your majesty," he concluded, "has faded back into the oblivion of the Stone Age our wondrous dream and with it has gone the First Empire of Pel-lucidar."
Circumstances that were but a few days old faded back in my memory, as if they had happened months and months since.
Even then they faded back into the darkness, and he could not eliminate them entirely.
As the memory faded back into the depths of my mind, I looked up at you, only to realize that you were staring back at me with an indignant expression.
People just kind of faded back and some of them screamed.
The president spent the best part of the first six months of the year engaging in doublespeak and confusing the issue over who said what to whom in Switzerland, and obfuscating on timelines until the whole issue faded back into oblivion for another while, despite his obvious disingenuity that was contradicted by UN accounts.
And as the teaching assistant faded back, other children tended to come forward, keen to get to know this child who was usually monopolised by an adult.
As long as you didn't mind the clunking between tracks (songs sometimes faded out in the middle, so the head could move to the next track, and then faded back in again), the system was fine.
With the loss, the Dodgers (12-12) faded back to a .500 record for the first time since opening day.
He then named the region affected - where adults needed to lift children out of their beds and race to a bomb shelter - and faded back in to the music.
High Voltage and Gay Bar, but have since faded back into an enjoyably niche market.
And then, Mamata faded back into her office in Writers' Building that houses the state government.
Hair that was normally oiled back sprung away from foreheads, and painted-on lips that usually pouted their way in and out of conversations had faded back into thin, pale lines on their owners' faces.
On second and 13 from the 34, Gould faded back to pass and found sophomore split end Bryan Hayes open at the 50.