wind back

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wind back

1. To twist or turn around and face or go in the opposite direction. These small country roads keep winding back on themselves, so it has been taking us a lot longer to reach the cabin than I thought it would. My paper route goes all the way out to the edge of town before eventually winding back.
2. To set a dial or meter of some kind to an earlier position or reading. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "wind" and "back." They were caught winding the electricity meter back to pay less than they owed. I forgot to wind back the clocks for daylight savings time and ended up oversleeping.
See also: back, wind

wind back

[for something, such as a road] to turn so that it heads in the direction from whence it came. The road we got lost on wound back and we were not able to reach the lake on time. When we were lost, we found a stream in the woods, but it wound back and did not lead us in the direction we wanted.
See also: back, wind

wind back

v.
To set some clock or counter to an earlier reading: Don't forget to wind your clock back for standard time. When he sold the car, he wound back the odometer to make the car seem newer.
See also: back, wind
References in classic literature ?
Scarcely had the echo of the last note of Robin's bugle come winding back from across the river, when four tall men in Lincoln green came running around the bend of the road, each with a bow in his hand and an arrow ready nocked upon the string.
Winding back the clock, Webber took a 15-year-old Raheem Sterling to Liverpool from QPR in 2010 - the Reds making PS49m when they sold him to Manchester City.
Two more goals came from more good hockey, with another deflection from Harrow and very effective one touch shoot on the volley from Sibson, winding back the years.
Thats why l will be seeking assurances at the meeting that there will be no winding back of the important elements of our regulatory environment particularly in relation to environmental and safety standards.
Or you can just explore the winding back streets, where there are ancient churches and fascinating snippets of history to discover at every twist and turn.
Governors, senators, the Judiciary and President Uhuru Kenyatta are in accord that the dispersal of powers and resources to the counties is inevitable and that it was futile to contemplate winding back the clock to centralise authority, as some have periodically attempted.
Blincoe's portrait of Bethlehem sheds light on one of the world's most intractable political problems, and he maintains that if the long thread winding back to the city's ancient past is severed, the chances of an end to the Palestine-Israel conflict will be lost with it.
The very least we should do is have an informed debate on whether it is a good idea to continue winding back the clocks every year."
Some of its staircases took you outside, under the open sky, before winding back in.
Campaigners said the figures show the country is in danger of "winding back the clock on home ownership".
"Many European countries made costly commitments to renewable energy but are now winding back those commitments.
And when it came to ride and handling, it could mix it with the best, offering plenty of grip to take on those winding back roads at a decent enough pace.
Rowe called for the winner of the upcoming federal elections to focus on winding back red tape and increasing productivity and realistic debate on fiscal challenges and tax laws.
He said: "I always intended to give Papiss a little bit (of playing time), but I'm winding back on him more than building up with him because, as he showed (on Saturday), he's ready to go.
On average, winding back the mileage can add between pounds 100 and pounds 400 to the value of the vehicle for every 1,000 miles which are taken off.