turn back

Primary Meanings of turn back

1.
v
go back to a previous state
2.
v
force to go away; used both with concrete and metaphoric meanings
3.
v
turn inside out or upside down
Full Definitions of turn back
1

v go back to a previous state

Synonyms:
regress, retrovert, return, revert
Types:
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fall back, lapse, recidivate, regress, relapse, retrogress
go back to bad behavior
resile
return to the original position or state after being stretched or compressed
go back, recover, recuperate
regain a former condition after a financial loss
rally, rebound
return to a former condition
Type of:
change by reversal, reverse, turn
change to the contrary

v retrace one's course

“The hikers got into a storm and had to turn back
Synonyms:
backtrack, double back
Type of:
return
go or come back to place, condition, or activity where one has been before
2

v force to go away; used both with concrete and metaphoric meanings

“The supermarket had to turn back many disappointed customers”
Synonyms:
chase away, dispel, drive away, drive off, drive out, run off
drive out, force out, rouse, rout out
force or drive out
Types:
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frighten
drive out by frightening
fire
drive out or away by or as if by fire
clear the air
dispel differences or negative emotions
banish
drive away
shoo, shoo away, shoo off
drive away by crying `shoo!'
Type of:
displace, move
cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

v hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of

Turn back the tide of communism”
Synonyms:
arrest, check, contain, hold back, stop
Types:
cut down, cut out
intercept (a player)
Type of:
defend
be on the defensive; act against an attack
3

v turn inside out or upside down

Synonyms:
invert, reverse
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

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