turn back


turn back
phrasal verb
Word forms "turn back":
present tense I/you/we/they turn back he/she/it turns back present participle turning back past tense turned back past participle turned back
1) [intransitive/transitive] to return the same way that you came instead of continuing on your journey, or to make someone do this

Bad weather forced them to turn back.

Refugees who reach the border may be turned back.

2) [intransitive] to stop doing something and to return to a previous situation or condition

I've gone too far to turn back now.

3) [transitive]
same as turn down 3)

A servant was turning back the covers of his bed as he entered.


English dictionary. 2014.

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