reach back to (some point in time)

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reach back to (some point in time)

1. To originate in and continue on from some previous point or period in time. The traditional ceremony reaches all the way back to the founding of the country. The recipe I'm using reaches back to the days of the settlers.
2. To draw from, contain elements of, or be inspired by some previous period in time or someone or something therefrom. The singer reaches back to the powerhouses of the '70s to delivery some truly funky tunes. Her latest film reaches back to the black-and-white era while creating something wholly original.
See also: back, point, reach

reach back (in)to something

to extend back into a particular period in time. This policy reaches back into the last century. Our way of making fine candies reaches back to the recipes used by the founder of the company.
See also: back, reach
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QUETTA: Nargis Hameedullah from Quetta's Hazara community reached back to Quetta on Thursday after she clinched Pakistan's first bronze medal in Asian Games.
Ansar Burney said after rescue by the American forces from Cyprian sea water the Ship along with 21 crew members has now reached back to Libya.
Senate has reached back to a 1980s-era arcade classic for inspiration.
When she reached back to find out what it was, she felt the dough and thought it was her brains.
The pop superstar said: "In so many ways she reached back to so many people, to so many young artists like Brandy, Monica and me.
In general, as the search for the underlying sources of language went back beyond the Greek and the Latin, so designers reached back to earlier civilizations in their search for an elementary architectural style; and as architecture 'conquered' the applied arts, so ornament began to be limited to an imitation of geometrical forms.
So it reached back to its historical roots in 19th century Quebec to find its new name -- ERCO Worldwide.
In creating Mohegan Sun's hotel, the designers -- the Rockwell Group, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, and Hirsch Bedner Associates -- reached back to the origins of Mohegan culture and the natural history of Connecticut.
Acknowledging that the master has become the de facto national standard for classical dance in America, Weiss reached back to his roots to thrust this fledgling company into the future.
Looney shows how Orlando Innamorato, Orlando Furioso and Gerusalemme Liberata reached back to earlier poems so that the "compromise" in his title means "how certain sources link the classical and medieval traditions and how certain sources also bridge the rhetorical categories of invention, style and disposition" (42-43).