roll back the years

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roll back the years

1. To perform at an exceptionally high level despite no longer being young and in one's prime. (Used especially in reference to athletes.) O'Connor, playing his 15th championship match in this league, rolled back the years and stood out as one of the best players on the pitch. Will the retired skater, seeking a gold medal after all this time, be able to roll back the years and keep step with the competition?
2. To induce a sense or state of nostalgia; to be reminiscent of or make people think about the past. Wow, those bell-bottom pants you're wearing really roll back the years to the 1970s. Hearing this song again rolls back the years to a time when I was young and carefree.
See also: back, roll, year
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But the 53-year-old rolled back the years with seven birdies and a bogey at Crans-sur-Sierre to card a six-under 64 to share the lead with England's Tyrrell Hatton and Aussie Scott Hend.
ALVARO QUIROS rolled back the years with his victory at the Rocco Forte Open in Sicily.
Federer rolled back the years in his quarter-final against Marin Cilic, producing a magnificent comeback just as the 'Roger And Out' headlines were being written.
A CONVOY of vintage tractors rolled back the years during a scenic tour of the Vale of Clwyd.
Cyprus star Marcos Baghdatis rolled back the years at the Dubai Tennis Championships on Thursday, beating fourth seed Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain to advance to the semi-finals.
The veteran stand-off was restored to the Rhinos' starting line-up in the absence of Liam Sutcliffe, ruled out for the season with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament, and he rolled back the years with a dominant display in a 24-6 victory over Hull in the second quarter-final.
DARREN CLARKE rolled back the years with a fine 67 and then revealed the secret of a new slimline swing that hoisted him onto the Open leaderboard.
SIZING Europe rolled back the years as the veteran won the Boylesports.
MAESTEG boxer Jason Cook rolled back the years to beat Tony Pace in a contest for the vacant BBBofC Celtic welterweight title on the undercard of the Lee Selby bill at Cardiff 's Motorpoint Arena The fight was evenly fought with Cook taking the opener but Pace came back to win the next twoc rounds.
Williams, who rolled back the years by beating world number two Azarenka on Tuesday, was made to work harder by Romanian 13th seed Halep in the last 16.
Summary: Kimiko Date-Krumm rolled back the years as the Japanese veteran thrashed German teenager Carina Witthoeft .
The pals, who attended Holmfirth Secondary Modern from 1949-1953, rolled back the years.
FLINT TN 0 BARRY TN 0 BARRY TOWN rolled back the years to relive their glory days as they became the only non-Welsh Premier side to reach this year's semi-finals where they will meet Prestatyn.
Former Royal Ascot winner Docofthebay (8-1) later rolled back the years to claim the Blue Square Golden Rose Stakes.
3 Nikolay Davydenko rolled back the years to defeat third seed and last year's runner-up Marin Cilic and reach the semi-final of the BMW Open in Munich yesterday.