turn back


  • Josiah turned his back on me
    Josiah turned his back on me
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v turn back turn inside out or upside down
    • v turn back go back to a previous state "We reverted to the old rules"
    • v turn back hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of "Arrest the downward trend","Check the growth of communism in South East Asia","Contain the rebel movement","Turn back the tide of communism"
    • v turn back force to go away; used both with concrete and metaphoric meanings "Drive away potential burglars","drive away bad thoughts","dispel doubts","The supermarket had to turn back many disappointed customers"
    • v turn back retrace one's course "The hikers got into a storm and had to turn back"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Half of all men start to lose their hair by the time they turn 30. Everybody loses dozens of hairs a day - the key thing is whether or not they grow back. More than 40 percent of men wind up with significant hair loss.
    • Turn back to cause to retreat: to return
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    “If Columbus had turned back, no one would have blamed him. Of course, no one would have remembered him either.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Many bad artists will tell you that art is life. There's a subtle difference however. You can turn your back on art”
  • Robert Browning
    “One who never turned his back but marched breast forward, never doubted clouds would break, Never dreamed, though right were worsted, wrong would triumph,”
  • Turkish Proverb
    Turkish Proverb
    “No matter how far you have gone on a wrong road, turn back.”
  • Enid Bagnold
    “A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a woman he turns her back again.”
  • Franz Kafka
    “From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. tyrnan; Ger. turnen; Fr. tourner; all from L. tornāre, to turn in a lathe—tornus, a turner's wheel—Gr. tornos.


In literature:

Who could blame them, should they, consulting their safety, turn back?
"Notable Voyagers" by W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
She turned back, again opening the Gun-Room door.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
I've a great mind to turn back.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
He turned back at the steep slope, but we came on!
"The Eyes of the Woods" by Joseph A. Altsheler
When she is free she will turn her back on that brilliant world and all it offers her and come back to me.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1907 to 1908" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
There was no turning back now.
"Two on the Trail" by Hulbert Footner
Timmendiquas and Girty stood for a moment, watching the men, then turned back and were lost among the lodges.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler
We would have to turn back before we emerged into it.
"Pharaoh's Broker" by Ellsworth Douglass
Turning back from the river, I ran at full speed.
"The Fire People" by Ray Cummings
Shall we turn back to the house?
"Fair Margaret" by Francis Marion Crawford

In poetry:

Your back was turned, you did not see
The shadow that he made.
He bent his head and looked at me;
It made my soul afraid.
"Death at the Window" by Robert Fuller Murray
Till in my soul some discord sounds,
Till sinks some yawning lack;
Then turn I from life's rippling rounds,
And unto thee come back.
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald
Then, passing onward with the years,
He turned his back on Elf and Fay,
And sadly sweet, as if in tears,
The fairy music died away.
"The Two Keys" by Victor James Daley
"And thou once more art by my side;
I fling the storms of youth away,
And turn my back upon that pride
Which led my eager feet astray.
"Grasmere" by Alexander Anderson
From the doomed dwellers in the cleft
The bow of vengeance turns not back;
Of all her myriads none are left
Along the Wady Mousa's track.
""The Rock" In El Ghor" by John Greenleaf Whittier
"But his thoughts are sadder and higher
In the streets of toiling men;
He has turned from his early visions,
And will never come back again.
"The Painter And The Fairy" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

If They Could Turn Back Time.
Orhan Pamuk favors short chapters that lead the reader from one entry to the next, turning back to correct or amend.
Russellville jumped out to an early lead, scoring on their first drive, and they never turned back.
Jimmy & Jerry Show turns back Cowboys' clock.
Turn Back the Clock Run.
Stricklen's latest second-half surge helps Tennessee turn back LSU 70-58 at Bridgestone Arena More.
Police massacre case turns back tide of injustice in Brazil.
"We can't turn back now," Kal Penn said at the Democratic National Convention.
Nuggets turn back Memphis Grizzlies late , 99-94.
The Nationals, still looking for a leadoff hitter, turn back to Ian Desmond.
Mad Ants Turned Back At Maine .
Nuggets turn back Memphis Grizzlies late, 99-94.
And then we turned back our clocks.
Orioles turn back Rangers .
States Are Turning Back To Estate Taxes.

In science:

The Okamoto theory is based on a Hamiltonian formulation of the Painlev´e equations, which in turn can be traced back to Malmquist .
Discrete Painlev\'e equations and random matrix averages
At this point we should turn back to Theorem 1, especially to the sequences v (h) and w (h) mentioned within this Theorem.
Local functional principal component analysis
After turning back to the Lorentzian signature, the instability is measured by the imaginary part of the effective action, which must thus compared with the vacuum persistence computed with the previous method.
Pair-production of charged Dirac particles on charged Nariai and ultracold black hole manifolds
Let us turn back to our two graphs from Figure 5.1.
Locally finite graphs with ends: a topological approach
Reduce radiation damping by reducing the sample concentration or lowering the Q of the probe (during a pulse, the spins are tipped into the transverse plane, so they induce a voltage in the coil which in turn tips the spins back).
Experimental Quantum Computation with Nuclear Spins in Liquid Solution