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feed (something) back into (something)

To try to re-insert something into a machine. Good luck feeding that paper back into the printer—that thing seems to have a mind of its own!
See also: back, feed
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

feed something back into something

to return something back to where it came. I tried to feed the stamps back into the machine, but, of course, they wouldn't go. The machine made too many boxes, but you can't feed them back into it!
See also: back, feed
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Steam and hot vapours getting into the cookers from other connected pieces of equipment is foreseeable, and precautions should have been taken to ensure all avenues which had the potential to allow steam to be fed back into the cooker had been suitably isolated."
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Mr David said: "I will be assuring them that their views and concerns will be fed back into government.
The system involves shaking the waste in high temperatures to extract water, the resulting waste is then incinerated on site, the heat being fed back into the dryer, and any excess heat is sent to the production plant.
The plant will produce 500 megawatt-hours of electricity per year, some of which will be fed back into the electricity grid.
If not, the grinder will clog, knives can break, large reclaim chunks may get through the grinder to be fed back into the blow molder, and large pieces of scrap will continue to bounce around in the grinder.
Finally, after an obsolescence impact has been resolved, its solution is fed back into the process.
Their votes will then be recorded through an electronic voting system and fed back into creating a statement about both quays.
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The time scale, of over a decade, allowed lessons learned to be fed back into the process.
Most TPEs can be re-granulated and fed back into the extruder in amounts up to 25% with new material, according to the company.
The system takes water from the presses and purifies it through a series of filters and cyclones before it is fed back into the mill process and eventually into the evaporation plant.