refer back to (someone or something)

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refer back to (someone or something)

1. To consult some previous piece or source of information; to turn one's attention back to something. We all referred back to the footage of our last game to see where each player could make improvements. I'll have to refer back to my notes to see what we had decided on at the last meeting.
2. To relate or pertain to something previously mentioned or seen. The image of the flowers refers back to the scene at the beginning of the film. The senator was referring back to the speech she gave in May.
3. To submit something back to some person or group of authority, as to decide, settle, or examine something. We'll have to refer this matter back to our legal team before we can proceed any further. We've made the changes requested of us, so now we have to refer it back to the panel to see if it can be approved.
4. To direct someone to meet, speak, or consult with some person or group of authority, information, or aid for a second time. The specialist referred me back to the doctor who made the original diagnosis. They referred me back to their PR team when I asked them about rumors of a potential merger.
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refer someone back to someone or something

to suggest that someone go back to someone or something, such as the source. I referred the client back to the lawyer she had originally consulted. Tom referred the customer back to the manufacturer who had made the shoddy product.
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refer something back to someone or something

 and refer something back
to send something back to someone or a group for action. Dr. Smith knows more about this kind of case, so I referred it back to him. They referred back all the bills.
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I move, then, that, while Professor Summerlee be thanked for his interesting address, the whole matter shall be regarded as `non-proven,' and shall be referred back to a larger, and possibly more reliable Committee of Investigation.'
The case has been referred back to the Lahore High Court (LHC) chief justice to form another bench.
Mr Doyle was referred back to outpatients at Beaumont Hospital and in August his case was reviewed and the impression was formed that his condition was improving and another CT scan was recommended for December.
"Under Standing Order 1 of the House, the name of the nominee be referred back to the appointing authority for further validation," she said.
of five reports of various Standing Committees while one report was referred back to the relevant committee for further consideration.
again be referred back to the Council of Common Interests for redressal.
The matter was referred back to Sheffield Magistrates' Court where he will appear on August 1.
However IPCC guidance means that once a complaint is registered, the matter will first be referred back to Cleveland Police to decide if it can be dealt with locally, or if it is so serious it needs to be referred back to the IPCC for independent investigation.
The transaction is conditional on the approval of the relevant competition authorities and following constructive talks with the European Commission, it has now been referred back to the UK for review by the Competition and Markets Authority.
The panel also directed that if Lees Anthem is reported for unruly behaviour in future the matter should be referred back to the BHA.
The House Plenary convenes on Tuesday to debate the two bills on foreclosures referred back to the Parliament by the President of the Republic.
If a crime was reported to the police but referred back to the barangay (village level), the IRF must indicate if the case was amicably settled, under investigation or referred back to the police with a certification to file action.
COMPLAINTS of corrupt practice levelled at four officers in Gwent Police has been referred back to the policing watchdog, the IPCC.
Northumberland County Council's recent decision to charge young people going to schools and colleges for transport will not be referred back to it for reconsideration after a motion from the Conservative opposition group seeking that course of action was defeated by 34 votes to 30.
As the matter was called in, the development will again be referred back to the cabinet.