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trace back

1. To derive or originate from someone, something, or some place. The powerful corporation traces back nearly 200 years to a small manufacturing company in New York City. Investigators discovered that the drug money traced back to a US senator.
2. To discover the point of origin of someone or something by following a trail of information or series of events backward. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "trace" and "back." We were able to trace the assassination attempt back to a cartel in Mexico. Make sure you only pay in cash, as the police can trace back exactly where and when you use your card.
See also: back, trace

trace back

v.
1. To ascertain the successive stages in the development or progress of something by reasoning backward from an effect to a cause: We traced our family history back 200 years. Skepticism as a philosophical movement can be traced back to Sextus Empiricus.
2. To derive from something or someone: The counterfeit drugs traced back to an American expatriate. Many English words trace back to Greek or Latin.
See also: back, trace
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MTIs roots trace back to 1986 when Bob Lipic, president and chief executive officer, and two business partners purchased Drillex Industrial - a supplier of drilling equipment and drilling tools for the mining industry.
The trace back leads to a dead end within the United States.
Tri-R has steadily expanded the geographic range in which it operates, but its roots trace back to David Powelson's desire to start a one-stop neighborhood recycling center.
And the firearms can also trace back to legitimate gun dealers who sold a firearm to a ``straw purchaser'' who in turn handed the gun over to a criminal.
The company's origins trace back to 1928 to a horse-drawn wagon led through the streets of Kansas City and surrounding areas by the late Harry G.
Some of the partygoers at the 25th annual California Lutheran University Scandinavian Festival may not have realized it, but their ancestral roots might trace back to the once-maligned people.
A lot of incidents like this often trace back to financial problems, and it's usually the man,'' said Robert J.