feed (something) back into (something)

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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!
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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