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turn back the clock

1. Literally, to set the clock to an earlier time. Can you turn back the clock? It's five minutes fast.
2. To revisit, recount, or recreate a time or era from the past. If I could turn back the clock, I would manage my finances better so I could retire at an earlier age. The purpose of this conference is to turn back the clock by analyzing early human remains to gain insight into their way of life.
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turn back the clock

 and turn the clock back
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turn back the clock

return to the past or to a previous way of doing things.
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Eric Alston's eight-year-old has turned back the clock this season with a succession of decent runs.
Official championships timekeeper Rolex turned back the clock and paraded McFederer, in his full Scotland kit aged nine, in a special tennis issue of their magazine Perpetual Spirit.
MICHAEL RICKETTS turned back the clock by scoring the opener for the club where he began his career over 10 years ago.
Belvedere school, Sefton Park, turned back the clock to Victorian times in honour of the event.
PBS TWICE has turned back the clock and put ordinary people into extraordinary circumstances, for ``1900 House'' and ``Frontier House,'' to see how they would fare in a turn-of-the-century middle-class London home and an 1880s Montana prairie settlement, respectively.
CANOVAS HEART, at 12 the oldest horse on view at the meeting, turned back the clock under trainer Bob Jones's daughter Gemma to land the sprint handicap in a blanket finish with Waff's Folly and Mutasawwar.
They have turned back the clock at the bar after being inspired by the 1960s and 1970s.
LEEDS have turned back the clock to their Premier League days by preparing in style for tonight's vital match at Yeovil.
She's turned back the clock so far, she looks younger than she did when she was a child star on Broadway.