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1. To return something one has purchased or ordered. A noun or pronoun can be used between "send" and "back." If your dinner is so bad, you should send it back and order something else. If you aren't happy with your purchase, you can send it back within 30 days at no extra charge.
2. To force someone to return somewhere. A noun or pronoun can be used between "send" and "back." I wasn't happy with his first draft, so I sent him back to rewrite it. I'm sending my daughter back to boarding school next year.
3. To cause one to think of a particular experience or setting in the past. Wow, hearing this song again really sends me back to my time as a college student. Watching his kids opening presents sent Tom right back to that magical feeling you got as a kid on Christmas morning.
4. To cause something to return to a previous state or condition. Analysts warn that pulling out of the trade agreement could send the economy back into a recession. A nuclear war would send the entire world back to the Stone Age.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
send someone or something back
to cause someone or something to return. He came to apologize, but I sent him back. Send back these goods. They are defective.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. To order someone to return; have someone return: He came to visit me at a bad time, so I sent him back. She sent the children back to the same school they attended the year before.
2. To return something, especially as a way of rejecting it: I went to the post office to send back the broken toaster. The steak was undercooked, and I had to send it back to the kitchen.
3. To return or reply to someone or something by mail or some other means of communication: I sent back a reply via fax. Please send a quick message back by e-mail if you can't come to the party.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.