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throwback (ˈθrəʊˌbæk



    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'

He had high cheekbones and the faintest suggestion of slant eyes, some throwback to East Asian ancestry.
Dhondy, Farrukh Come to Mecca
In many ways, Marianne had reflected, Ann was a throwback to those previous generations.
Mosco, Maisie Out of the Ashes
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


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