hark(en) back to (something)

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hark(en) back to (something)

1. To cause one to think of something. That song harkens back to an earlier time in my life.
2. To have originated or begun as something. You know, our modern cell phones hark back to those old rotary phones you like to make fun of.
3. To revisit something mentioned earlier. Before we get too upset, let's all harken back to the real reason we're here today.
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hark(en) back to something

1. to have originated as something; to have started out as something. (Harken is an older word meaning "pay heed to.") The word icebox harks back to refrigerators that were cooled by ice. Our modern breakfast cereals hark back to the porridge and gruel of our ancestors.
2. to remind one of something. Seeing a horse and buggy in the park harks back to the time when horses drew milk wagons. Sally says it harkens back to the time when everything was delivered by horse-drawn wagons.
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hark back

Return to a previous point, as in Let us hark back briefly to my first statement. This expression originally alluded to hounds retracing their course when they have lost their quarry's scent. It may be dying out. [First half of 1800s]
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WITH the onset of winter and the possibility of snow, ice and bitter cold, my mind harkens back to the winter of 1950.
As Obama harkens back to Mandela's leadership against apartheid, he'll also be trying to engage Africa's future.
The threat of nuclear war cast an influential shadow over British filmmaker Sally Potter's early life and, with her new coming-of-age drama 'Ginger & Rosa,' the indie director harkens back to the tension and turmoil of the 1960s.
His ingenuity harkens back to the early days of our hobby when we procured accessories on the work bench and not online.
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On the disc's final track, Andrew Bird harkens back to his Bowl of Fire days with the violin charge of Auld Lang Syne.
Dan gets a copy of Sacred Trash, by Adina Hoffman and Peter Cole, which harkens back to a time when achievements were vast, the sun blazing, and the deodorant probably hard to come by.
The songstress harkens back to the Carpenters with a crystal clear strum on its way to harmonious paradise.
I just think your preference for a wooly man harkens back to some antiquated protomasculine bullshit that I want no part of.
This hearty fistful harkens back to those thrilling days of yesteryear when great herds of American Bison freely roamed across the prairies and plains of the Old West.
Says a studio exec who has worked with several of the said 'fros, "It harkens back to the late '60s and early '70s, that anti-authoritarian thing.
His humble practice harkens back to a time not all that long ago when family practitioners charged $2 for an office visit and $5 for a house call.
Bishop Butler harkens back to an old Anglican tradition of pished prelates.
It also harkens back to a day of camera case sophistication.
He's also taking a liking to the rear glass on Volvo's newest model, noting the style harkens back to the 1960's era P1800 E5.