sink back into (something)

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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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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.
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References in classic literature ?
The frail bridge of time on which we tread sinks back into eternity at every step we take.
Dancer Hallie Odom furtively peeks at the other customers, then sinks back into her own world.
The vote is seen as crucial to whether Serbia moves closer to the European Union or sinks back into the nationalist isolation reminiscent of Slobodan Milosevic's autocratic regime.
In the end, their trajectories are clear--Colleen sinks back into her thrill-seeking, self-destructive ways, while Ben's film gets a showing at a gallery, and an admirer plants the idea of film school.
Unrise, 2002, speaks for itself: This is the moment when the exhilaration of the party, that euphoric state when you might feel beyond time and place, beyond history and the present moment, beyond boundaries and taboos, beyond desire and death, nears its end, or, more precisely, when a consciousness that just moments before was soaring above the earth sinks back into reality.
But just as quickly the moment is gone, and as the angle reverts back to wide shot the Woman sinks back into her usual benumbed state.
Last night Canadian authorities warned that if the 51-year-old sinks back into his pounds 500-a-day cocaine and booze habit he could become a monster.