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 ?
By a devious track between the fields they wound back to the Starkfield road.
The event sees the clock wound back eight decades with a variety of wartime costumes, vintage vehicles and music.
The Prime Minister has wound back some austerity measures since Greece came out from close economic supervision in August last year.
OLE Gunnar Solskjaer wound back the years as the Manchester United manager came off the bench to score for Sir Alex Ferguson's side against Bayern Munich in the Treble Reunion match.
When the cars new owner discovered the odometer had been wound back, Lorraine agreed to refund the purchase price, before changing the cars registration number and re-listing it for sale on Gumtree.
CHRISTCHURCH -- A rejuvenated Martin Guptill wound back the clock with his second century in as many games as a clinical New Zealand clinched their one-day series against Bangladesh in Christchurch on Saturday.
After Salisbury, the clock cannot be wound back and our Government permitted to downplay this outrage.
We cannot possibly let the strides we have made be wound back. I hope that the women who have achieved glory know they are valued and admired by women like me.
Joanne Frances has wound back the clock 77 years - washing in a tin bath, using a chamber pot and spending her evenings listening to George Formby.
Global economic forecasts were wound back at the start of this year and there are clouds hovering over some of the largest emerging economies.
at has now been wound back up again and it certainly seems to be working.
Then the truck wound back through Beit Safafa, past a bakery and Abu Ibrahim Plumbing, to the depot.
Yet the 'Little Master', in his penultimate Test for India, still managed to provide a brief bit of magic as he wound back the clock with the ball to dismiss Shane Shillingford (five) for his 46th Test wicket.
Time soon stopped at the Fob and it was wound back to its original name.