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1. To have a history or existence that extends to a certain period of time in the past. Our organization's ties with this community go back to when the town was first settled in 1837. My Irish heritage goes back to when my great-great-great grandfather married the daughter of a wealthy Irish landowner.
2. To resume or continue something, often a particular task or activity. As soon as dinner was over, the kids went back to playing outside. Once the home repairs are done, we'll be able to go back to our normal routine.
3. To direct attention or focus back to something. Let's go back to James's comment because I think it really sums up this part of the novel.
See also: back, go
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

go back to someone or something

to return to someone, something, or some place. She went back to her husband after a few months. Sharon had to go back to her office for a few minutes.
See also: back, go
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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In that village there was a social equality which, if not absolute, was as nearly so as can ever be in a competitive civilization; and I could have suffered no slight in the general esteem for giving up a profession and going back to a trade; if I was despised at all it was because I had thrown away the chance of material advancement; I dare say some people thought I was a fool to do that.
Then the crocodile and the monkey and the parrot were very glad and began to sing, because they were going back to Africa, their real home.
"I am afraid now of going back to live with him...in the ground!"
Once or twice, hating the thought of going back to Barnes, Philip had remained in town, and late in the evening wandered through the West End till he found some house at which there was a party.
Senior nurses who now work as managers are rolling up their sleeves and going back to the 'shop floor' to support their colleagues on wards.
"When she told him that she was going back to school, he became violent," he said.
'It is one of the learnings we could get from Antonio Molina's works: going back to basics and going back to primary sources.
"I know I'm not going back to Ibrox to walk straight into the team.
Dawn seems ready to go back to her life before she experimented with English ways, which includes going back to her husband.
Going back to the days of swaying crowds and people falling over, or worse, would be going back to the Dark Ages.
Come what may, they're going back to Marawi City on July 24, vowed a group of women displaced by the fighting between government security forces and Islamic militants.
Sting, like most people who do this, wasn't going back to live in the past; he was circling back and coming forward.
Bornholm Museum revealed the important discovery, noting that an amateur scientist found 157 Arab and Persian coins made of silver in different Arab regions, Denmark's biggest discovery in terms of number of Arab coins going back to the Vietcong era going back to 854 B.C.
Copenhagen, Dhu-AlQa'dah 26, 1433, Oct 12, 2012, SPA -- A treasure including Arab and Persian coins going back to 854 B.C.