push back the clock

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push back the clock

To revisit, recount, return to or recreate a time or era from the past. The purpose of this conference is to push back the clock by analyzing early human remains and try to gain insight into their way of life. The governor is bent on pushing back the clock and returning us to the ethics of the 1950s.
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The nuclear agreement signed between the Islamic Republic and world powers, the defense minister said, "pushed back the clock from three months to one year.