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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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