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look back

To reminisce about something that happened in the past. I had a great childhood and look back on those days very fondly.
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look back

 (at someone or something) and look back (on someone or something)
1. Lit. to gaze back and try to get a view of someone or something. She looked back at the city and whispered a good-bye to everything she had ever cared for. I went away and never looked back.
2. Fig. to think about someone or something in the past. When I look back on Frank, I do remember his strange manner, come to think of it. When I look back, lam amazed at all I have accomplished.
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look back

1. Remember or think about the past, as in When Mom looked back on the early days of their marriage, she wondered how they'd managed with so little money . [Late 1500s]
2. not look back; never look back. Never show signs of interrupted progress, never return to past circumstances. For example, Once he'd won the Pulitzer Prize, he never looked back. [Late 1800s]
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look back

v.
1. To direct one's gaze backward: The travelers looked back to the city as they boarded the ship.
2. To think about the past; retrospect: At the high school reunion, everyone looked back at the good times they had shared.
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It is believed that Osborne drew inspiration from his personal life and failing marriage with Pamela Lane while writing Look Back in Anger.
"Let this be a challenge to all of uslook up, look back and bow down to God.
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This is a good time to look back at the last year and celebrate the many successes we have experienced.
For this volume, the 1500 books are divided into five sections: Drama, Mythology, Poetry, and Sacred Writing; Fiction; Biography and History; Nonfiction; and Seniors Look Back. Within each section, entries are listed alphabetically by title.
As I prepare to pass the torch of leader-ship to Charles Schulman, who will become AMAA president after our 2004 Sports Medicine Symposium this April, I look back on my years as a member, and then as president of AMAA with fond memories.
In 10 years, 20 years, 30 years, people will look back, Iraqis will look back, and they'll look back on this period and they'll look back on each of you and know in their hearts that what you've done is to help build a new Iraq, an Iraq that's free, an Iraq that's whole, an Iraq that's at peace, an Iraq that is a friend to its neighbors, and that you, each of you, and you'll be able to tell your children that you were a part of that.
It's hard to imagine that someday, someone will look back at this time as the good old days.
LESS THAN A WEEK BEFORE "PUTTING TO BED" THE SECOND half of Artforum's two-volume look back on the '80s, organized by my predecessor, Jack Bankowsky, I found myself seated across from sculptor Haim Steinbach at a Brooklyn kitchen table, a late winter light waning on the running tape recorder and half-finished plate of marzipan between us.
This is a good moment to look back and to reflect on what has been reached and what has been missed.