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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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References in classic literature ?
He temporized by referring back to matters already discussed, solely for the purpose of prolonging the interview.
But, when we sat by her flickering fire at night, she was most weird; for then, keeping Estella's hand drawn through her arm and clutched in her own hand, she extorted from her, by dint of referring back to what Estella had told her in her regular letters, the names and conditions of the men whom she had fascinated; and as Miss Havisham dwelt upon this roll, with the intensity of a mind mortally hurt and diseased, she sat with her other hand on her crutch stick, and her chin on that, and her wan bright eyes glaring at me, a very spectre.
"It's the same principle isn't it," he joked, referring back to the 2006 wins over Colchester that set Swansea up for success in the lower league cup final at the Millennium Stadium.
But just before Christmas, Mr Justice Mitting ruled that it would be unlawful for the minister to carry out his plan to implement the cuts in April this year by referring back to the December 12 deadline last year, which had fallen in the middle of a consultation period.
He questioned who gave Hezbollah the right to issue threats about oil in Lebanese regional waters without referring back to official Lebanese authorities and the will of the Lebanese people.
Referring back to the library analogy, this duplication problem could occur if a library decided to ensure that its bestseller books are always available for borrowing and made copies of a bestseller book each time it was loaned out.
The book does wonders for your grasp of geography as you are constantly referring back to the world map.
McManus (referring back to a June 30, 2003 article) correctly informed us that "the money supply has risen $67.6 billion, or 9.6 percent, since one year ago." By coincidence, that $67 billion figure is the same as the $67 billion increase in the money supply in the weekly report released on June 24, 2004 by the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System.
As judges, we don't have time to keep referring back to page one, especially when the letters start sparring with each other.
Referring back to the "Multicase Outcome Approach" graphic, the biggest difference between the undiscounted total and discounted total can be seen in the "high" projected cost column.
Although readers will recognize the difficulties involved in comparing statistical fin dings from different dates and fragmentary and sparse sources, they may nonetheless wish for a few charts to facilitate referring back to this crucial demographic material while considering issues raised elsewhere.