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switch back

1. To return to some previous state or condition. A curse changes the arrogant prince into an ugly toad, so he spends the story trying to find a way to switch back. Your account will switch back to the basic version after the Premium 14-day free trial expires.
2. To cause someone or something to return to some previous state or condition. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "switch" and "back." A: "I'm afraid the experiment has transformed your husband into a half-man, half-fly." B: "Well, figure out a way to switch him back!" We'll have to switch the video output back to composite.
3. To return to something one used to do, have, use, consume, etc. I think I'm going to switch back to my old Internet providers, because this service is terrible. I tried drinking wine for first time the other night, but I hated the way that it tasted, so I switched back to beer. She said her knees have felt much better now that she's switched back to swimming instead of running.
4. To cause someone or something to return to something they used to do, have, use, consume, etc. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "switch" and "back." The bank switched me back to a student account when I started my master's degree. I suggest we switch the machine back to alternating current for the time being.
5. To return ownership or possession of something after engaging in a trade or swap with someone. Do you want to swap cars for a few days? We can switch back after the weekend. My twin brother and I traded places in work the other day to see if anyone noticed, and we still haven't had to switch back.
6. Of a road or path, to create a U-turn and flow in the opposite direction. I always used to get terribly carsick when we drove into the mountains because the roads up there are constantly switching back on themselves. The path will switch back a few times before you reach the top of the hill.
See also: back, switch

switch something back (to something)

to return something to the way it was. I switched the television back to the previous channel. I switched back the channel to what I was watching before.
See also: back, switch

switch back

 (to something)
1. to return to using or doing something. I decided to switch back to my old shampoo. I switched back and was glad I did.
2. [for a road] to reverse upon itself. The mountain road switched back twenty times in three miles. It switched back every now and then.
See also: back, switch
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A du representative did call me back three days later and, after an agonising sales pitch, I finally was able to switch back to my old package.
People talk about our focus after Wembley, but it's not difficult to switch back on when you are playing a Premier League game against Newcastle United.
For toddlers who need protection at night, Night Time training plants eliminate the need to switch back and forth.
Further tests showed that the cells likewise mirrored their owner's capability to switch back and forth between burning sugar and fat.
Commitment to one task or process allows a person to dedicate his or her cognitive capacities to the project at hand and not be burdened or slowed by having to switch back and forth between various tasks or projects, says Todd Campbell, who is affiliated with the Center for Addiction and Behavioral Health Research in Milwaukee.
If symptoms recurred after participants resumed drinking the copper-treated water, they were told to permanently switch back to plain water.
But a less-noticed provision of the law that federalized airport security allows airports to ask the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to let them switch back to private sector screeners after November 19 of this year.
After six years of buying only all-electric injection machines, why would a molder switch back to hydraulic presses?
Connections of the six finalists will dine with representatives of the bookmakers, sponsors and media, and Raper said yesterday: "I'm delighted that the switch back to a June date for the Derby has allowed us to reinstate the Derby luncheon on June 23 this year.
A traditional electric reciprocating screw drive remains available for those still requiring the ability to switch back and forth between thermoplastic and LSR molding.
Users can easily switch back and forth between the Mac OS and the Virtual PC OS.
By the twentieth time through, however, maybe you'll be ready to switch back to the radio.
But it will seek to ensure that users are able to switch back with "as little inconvenience to the customer as possible".
11: If the ball is passed out of the corner to the top, each player will switch back to his position.
rivulets switch back through rocky escarpments to collide in a foaming pool behind her.