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throwback (ˈθrəʊˌbæk Pronunciation for throwback



    1. a person, animal, or plant that has the characteristics of an earlier or more primitive type
    2. a reversion to such an organism


throw back (adverb)
  1. (intransitive) to revert to an earlier or more primitive type
  2. (transitive) foll by on to force to depend (on)   ⇒ the crisis threw her back on her faith in God

Example Sentences Including 'throwback'

Compared with the Apple unit, the Dell DJ feels like a throwback to the days of automobiles with hand-cranked ignitions.
Globe and Mail (2004)
He had high cheekbones and the faintest suggestion of slant eyes, some throwback to East Asian ancestry.
Dhondy, Farrukh Come to Mecca
He's an anachronism in modern Russia, a throwback to the Cold War era, and that's what makes him all the more dangerous.
MacNeill, Alastair Code Breaker
In a way, North is a bit of a throwback to the music Costello's parents listened to in'50s Liverpool.
Ottawa Sun (2003)
In many ways, Marianne had reflected, Ann was a throwback to those previous generations.
Mosco, Maisie Out of the Ashes
It is a throwback to prehistoric times when it was a means of survival and therefore of crucial importance.
Manning, Matthew Matthew Manning's Guide to Self-Healing
Nowadays we're far too respectful of David Holmes ' imperishable cool to nail his band as that kind of throwback.
NME (New Musical Express) (2003)
There's a sense, though, that she's always been something of a throwback.
Times, Sunday Times (2001)


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