go back in time

go back in time

1. Literally, to physically return to an earlier point in time. I wish I could go back in time to when dinosaurs roamed the Earth—how cool would that be? If I could go back in time, I'd manage my finances better so that I wouldn't be declaring bankruptcy now.
2. To discuss or think about past events or memories. It was lovely finding our old photo albums and going back in time for a few hours. Today, kids, we're going back in time and discussing the Great Depression.
3. To visit some place or interact with something that is very outdated and thus evocative of an earlier time period. Going to Grandma's house is like going back in time—shag carpeting, wood paneling, basically a whole lot of yikes.
See also: back, go, time
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