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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.
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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.
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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.
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Coleman said users who participated in tests of the button told the firm that switching back to a chronological feed led to them participating in more conversations.
"I was away for something which was much more important, switching back to cricket is not difficult at all, cricket is in my blood," said Kohli, while addressing the media in Mumbai before India Team leaves for South Africa tour.
"To be honest, we've been lacking a bit of depth in the back row this year, but with Joe switching back into the forwards we will be stronger for it.
The 24-year-old moved over to Simon Cowell's show from The Voice earlier this year, but says she has "not really thought" about switching back again.
Cleveland Cavaliers star forward LeBron James is switching back to wearing jersey No.
That race at Kempton probably did not pan out in his favour but switching back up in trip here, Cozy Tiger might find things going his way again.
Network infrastructure provider Extreme Networks Inc announced today its Direct Attach architecture for data centres designed to bring virtual machine switching back into the network and out of the server.
Members of the Roman Way Residents' Group, in Edgbaston, complained and now bus company representatives have announced it will be switching back.
"Over the last three days, the Water Development Board has been sending smaller quantities of water to Limassol Water Board, which has caused the delays in switching back running water in Limassol," said Socrates Metaxas, Director of Limassol Water Board.
Providing workers with bifocal eye protection prevents the hazardous practice of switching back and forth between their regular safety glasses and reading glasses to read instrumentation, work with small parts, or perform other tasks that could produce eyestrain.
Although the new problem shut down that detector, engineers hope that by switching back to the primary power supply toward the end of February, they'll reactivate the instrument.
Switching back and forth between the two fuel types was transparent.
Denying the claim was misleading, British Gas acknowledged their figures included customers joining them who had not previously been their customers and I so could not be described as switching back.
According to a study conducted by the Medical College of Wisconsin for the Pull-Ups Brand, switching back and forth at night between regular diapers and training pants confuses the child and slows down the learning process.
After Bernhard Langer accepted the job last July he did not rule out switching back to a playing role if the form that won him two Masters titles suddenly returned.