turn back the clock

(redirected from turning back the clock)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia.

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.
See also: back, clock, turn

turn back the clock

 and turn the clock back
See also: back, clock, turn

turn back the clock

return to the past or to a previous way of doing things.
See also: back, clock, turn
References in periodicals archive ?
This project is really turning back the clocks to when woodlands were an integral part of community life,' said Cydcoed project officer Ben Maxted.
Your readers will have shared my amusement that retired Labour and Tory politicians believe they can bring about a revolution at City Hall by turning back the clock.
Now the food industry--encouraged by a hands-off Food and Drug Administration--is turning back the clock.
But she's got a five-part program for turning back the clock that's actually doable.
At the same time, those who accused the militants of turning back the clock were wrong.
A North East school is turning back the clock to celebrate its 90th year.