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glance back

1. To look quickly over one's shoulder at someone or something located behind one. We both glanced back after hearing that loud crash. On her first day, my daughter ran off into the preschool without even glancing back.
2. To return one's gaze to someone or something. I started walking down the docks and only glanced back when Joe began insistently calling my name.
See also: back, glance
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glance back

 (at someone)
1. to look quickly at someone who is looking at you. He glanced back at Mary, so he could remember her smile. She hoped he would notice her but he never even glanced back.
2. to look quickly at someone who is behind you. Dan glanced back at the man chasing him and ran on even faster. He glanced back and ran faster.
See also: back, glance
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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References in classic literature ?
The Emperor knit his brows with dissatisfaction and, glancing back, remarked:
Some tried to catch her eye, glancing back and forth between the woman and the stuck lid.
But I think that, in glancing back at 1966, we ought to notice a common trait in those two events, which no one at the time could possibly have detected.
And a final photograph shows Charlotte's startling resemblance to George as she clambers on a wicker chair, playfully glancing back towards the camera.
A cherub peers forlornly down on the two figures underneath and I imagine I'm there 2,000 years ago then it is time for me to walk away glancing back at this gem near Kingsway.
It happened to me last summer at Turnberry listening to Tom Watson looking forward to the Senior Open Championship by glancing back at his memories of the picture postcard links outside.
Later I'd pose for her nude and in heels, glancing back over my shoulder at the camera like Betty Grable.
Glancing back at the last few months, education has featured prominently in economic and political discussions.
As we all know, glancing back on our origins helps with our perspective on our future and the way forward.
And there'll be one draped in black For every pit lad marching proud There'll be one glancing back! If you listen very carefully - there's an echo in the breeze It's just the beat of those marching feet of the gallant men of Yore!
narrow garden path not glancing back, missing my wave.
Yet the Seagulls almost grabbed an instant reply when Chris Shields got on the end of James Kavanagh's 17th minute corner but his glancing back stick header dropped inches wide.