wind back the clock

wind back the clock

To go back in time. If I could wind back the clock, I'd manage my finances better so that I wouldn't be declaring bankruptcy now. I wish I could wind back the clock and study harder before that exam I failed.
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The 'Big Brother' high-handedness of the Ministry of the Interior to wind back the clock to the yesteryears policy of media intimidation will flop, as did all the other past attempts.
In a letter to another of the residents who raised concerns, Mr James wrote: "We both know that there are those who have used their apartments without consent over the years and it is nigh on impossible now to try to wind back the clock.
He added: "If the DUP imagines it can wind back the clock - with a Tory side deal or not - and re-establish the institutions without adherence to equality and rights, then the DUP is indeed living in a fool's paradise.
Given the momentum behind forces seeking to wind back the clock on global trade, an accelerated and ambitious FTA would be a powerful expression of commitment to open trade and the overwhelmingly positive benefits which will undeniably flow.
Wind back the clock to the start of this gradual end of comprehensive school education in England and you get to the academy system, which Labour brought in with the aim of raising standards at struggling schools.
Wind back the clock a few years and you'd be hard pushed to find a high street store selling a concrete table.
Venitien De Mai, trained by Jim Dreaper, is vying for favouritism in Monday's renewal and will be attempting to wind back the clock for the trainer, who earned a fourth win in the race 38 years ago when Brown Lad landed the prize for the third time.
His struggles this year have been well documented and McIlroy admits that given a chance to wind back the clock he might have done things differently.
It is too late for Lebanon to wind back the clock and adopt a genuine policy of noninterference [in Syria].
Warne said on Tuesday if you wind back the clock to the old days it was about going to a pub or locking yourselves in a room with a few beers in a relaxed environment and making it all informal.
Wind back the clock 10 years or so and it was unimaginable we could have won a series against one of the big three nations of the Southern Hemisphere.
The Coming of Age: Life Begins At 60 series concludes with an edition of the show renowned for its ability to wind back the clock for women.
You can't wind back the clock, but you can change your view of the past.
No exec wants to be quoted by name in commenting on the issue, but another distrib tells Variety: "The exhibitors are trying to arrest the increases or even wind back the clock.
Bullied by ideological Tories who get out of bed every morning to wind back the clock to a bygone age when this nation was an imperial power, doubts are growing about her ability to do what is best for our future interests.