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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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He underlined the fact that the Compendium was not a substitute for the Catechism, since it constantly refers back to it.
Thus, the second poem in the cycle begins, "Si la flor a la flor entrega el alto germen," and we can see from the positioning of "flor a la flor" at the start of the poem that it refers back to the "Del aire al aire" which opens the first poem.
Still following this theory of the poem cycle's structure, we see that the fifth poem opens with "No eras tu, muerte grave," and we can see that the "death" refers back to the opening of the fourth poem, while the "No eras tu" foreshadows the negation of death in the sudden upward motion found at the start of the sixth poem "Entonces en la escala de la tierra he subido." Meanwhile the body of the fifth poem refers back to the first poem's death evocation in the lines, "de un guante/que cae, nos entrega como una larga tuna." The upward motion contained in the sixth poem corresponds to the first poem's lines, "(Dias de fulgor vivo en la intemperie)."
The "cuchillos del rayo" refers back to the first poem's "aceros convertidos/al silencio del acido."
The ninth poem continues the ascension and soars with the "Aguila sideral, villa de bruma," while the list of elemental objects refers back to the first poem's "estambres agredidos de la patria nupcial." The mention of the eagle brings animate life into the picture, and this will be picked up on at the start of the tenth poem by the word "man."
Consistent with an artistic journey that now spans several decades, Jan Vercruysse's new series "PLACES," 2004-2005, refers back to some earlier series, particularly the "Tombeaux," 1987-94, and "M," 1992-98.
This section refers back to Louis Sullivan who said, 'form ever followed function and this is the law [...] the shape, form, outward expression, design or whatever we may choose, of the tall office building should in the very nature of things follow the function of the building'.
Ignatieff's title, The warrior's honor, refers back to the medieval times when war was seen as an opportunity to display manly virtues and was ruled by its own codes of honour.
At the first mention of a text, he collects the relevant literature and then refers back to this bibliography in subsequent remarks.
There is a slightly mechanical edge to the way Goldstone constantly refers back to population growth, inflation, fiscal crisis, elite competition, and mass mobilization.
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Almost everything one encounters of the artist's work refers back to the ur-site.
It sets in motion a spiral that cascades down to the gallery's lowest curve, and at this point, the geometry refers back to the domestic scale of the market keeper's house.
The Room refers back to Study for the World's Body, in which the walls of the room are red and the nervous lovers are present, and it looks forward to The Flat, 1993, a long perspective view of an unpeopled interior suffused with deep blues and purples.