turn back the clock

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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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Today's vote turns back the clock on America's steelworkers, and once more puts us at the mercy of foreign producers who routinely have taken advantage of our open market to dump their unfairly traded steel.
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During the event, San Fernando turns back the clock to a bustling era celebrating its heroes and historical milestones.
SOUTHPORT artist Robert Newbiggin turns back the clock and returns to the ring for the first time in over a decade next weekend.