sink back

sink back into (something)

1. To lean or recline backward into some piece of furniture. She remembered that she hadn't taken the garbage out just as she was sinking back into bed. He anxiously sank back into his chair as the interviewer's questions became more personal.
2. To return to some previous cognitive state. I stared about the room nervously after being woken by the loud bang, but eventually sank back into sleep once it was clear that everything was OK. I can feel myself sinking back into depression again lately.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

sink back (into something)

to lean back and relax in something, such as a soft chair. I can't wait to get home and sink back into my easy chair. He sank back and went to sleep almost immediately.
See also: back, sink
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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MP Peter Luff (Con Mid Worcestershire) said the village should now be allowed to sink back into obscurity so residents could rebuild their lives.
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Then as today epidemics tend to run their vicious courses, spreading death and misery, before they sink back into the ecosystem.