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move back

1. To move backward; to recede or retreat (away from someone or something). We all moved back when we realized the bear was alive. Kids, move back! That snake is dangerous.
2. To cause or compel someone or something to move backward or away from someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "move" and "back." Police officers moved the crowd of people back from the scene of the crime. Would you move the TV back a ways? It's a little too close to the sofa.
3. To return to a previous location or position. I changed seats to be next to my friend during the play, but I moved back when an usher came and scolded me. The lever has a spring inside of it, so it will move back as soon as you let go.
4. To cause or compel someone or something to return to a previous location or position. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "move" and "back." Be sure to move the furniture back after you're done painting the walls. I tried sneaking to a seat in the back of the class so I could my book, but the teacher caught me and moved me back.
See also: back, move

move someone or something back (from someone or something)

to cause someone or something to move back and away from someone or something. Please move your child back from the lawn mower. Move everyone back from the street.
See also: back, move

move back (from someone or something)

to move back and away. (Often a command.) Please move back from the edge. Please move back!
See also: back, move
References in classic literature ?
A guard, either dunk or too much muffled up in the bitter frost, had not heard the train moving back, and had been crushed.
Such a town as that has to be always moving back, and back, and back, because the river's always gnawing at it.
Ah, dear"--she was now moving back towards the house--"what a comfort to have arrived!"
Waule, looking across at the Vincys, and then moving back to the side of her sister Martha.
"A fair wager!" cried all the travellers, moving back their benches and trestles, so as to give fair field for the wrestlers.
In front of me I could see the moving back of a man's coat.
"We actually moved to a new home we built in the city, essentially committing us to living in the city until the kids are gone, and then we'll probably end up moving back downtown," Mirmiran said.
I'm feeling really down because I've heard through a friend that the woman my husband cheated on me with four years ago is moving back to the area and she's sending her daughter to the same school my kids attend.
It's "just a fantastic thing" that GM is moving back to Detroit, he added.
SIMON DOW is aiming to put his lowestscoring season behind him by moving back into the Epsom yard he occupied for the first 25 years of his training career.
Elsewhere, Leanne gets a call from Tony about moving back into the flat, although she has other ideas and offers it to Kal instead.
The source added that Williams believed that LA schools were full of "f**king idiots" and wanted his daughter, Theodora, to receive British education, but now they are moving back. ( ANI )