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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.
See also: back, look

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]
See also: back, look

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.
See also: back, look
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Rather than some grand drawing room, Look Back in Anger takes place in a cramped Midlands flat occupied by three people who love and loathe each other in equal measure.
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She is leaving him, she will walk away and not look back, leaving him waiting.
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Thus, recently, when I read the words, ``Never look back.
A look back at past cycles clearly reveals that this current marketplace is not nearly as bad as those in the recent past.
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Today, we can look back on those events," he said, "and their near 45 years of existence, as examples to our industry in order to learn from them as we prepare for future foundry development and growth.
We intend to vigorously defend our position, do not believe that GeoStar has available the remedies that they have threatened, and contend that GeoStar owes us shares to be returned for cancellation under the Look Back provision.