Definition of 'turn back'
Example sentences containing 'turn back'
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We're turning back towards LaGuardia. Times, Sunday Times (2016)They turned back and walked towards the high wall. CHARMED LIFE (1977)He panics as she turns back to get help. Times, Sunday Times (2013)There is only one way to turn back the tide. The Sun (2008)Had she asked to go home or turn back? The Sun (2015)Turning back now would be a disaster. The Sun (2013)He was soon turning back towards his home. FRIENDS FOR LIFE (2003)Turn back now and it will be a disaster. The Sun (2013)He evidently panicked and he turned back towards the pavement. Times, Sunday Times (2007)The moon adds an element of surprise to meetings in ways that can turn back time and turn up excitement. The Sun (2011) Now turn back to the left so that you finish facing the target with your right heel off the ground. Winning Golf for Women (1993)Some commanders used their own initiative and flew inland to gain height before turning back in the direction of the enemy. FIGHTER BOYS: Saving Britain 1940 (2003)Ask again if there's a chance friendship could turn back into something more. The Sun (2008)You're afraid of your old father turning back and getting into another rage. Wives and Daughters (1864)We need to fight to make sure the clock doesn't get turned back. Times, Sunday Times (2016)I got up and walked and followed the river a long way and then turned back again. Daniel Deronda (1876)She opened the door to go out, and then suddenly thought of something and turned back rather slowly. The Secret Garden (1911)But when a man walks out of a marriage, somehow he turns back to being something like an eligible bachelor. Mothers who Leave (1994)After realising that they had been walking for too long, they asked other walkers for directions and turned back to reach the pupils. Times, Sunday Times (2010)When I turned back he was gone. Times, Sunday Times (2011)
Translations for 'turn back'
British English: turn back /tɜːn bæk/ VERB
If you turn back, or if someone turns you back when you are going somewhere, you change direction and go towards where you started from.
Police attempted to turn back protesters.
- American English: turn back
- Arabic: يَرْجِعُ
- Brazilian Portuguese: voltar atrás
- Chinese: 回转
- Croatian: vratiti
- Czech: obrátit (se) zpět
- Danish: vende om
- Dutch: terugkeren
- European Spanish: volverse atrás camino
- Finnish: kääntyä takaisin
- French: retourner
- German: umkehren
- Greek: γυρίζω πίσω
- Italian: tornare sui propri passi
- Japanese: 引き返す
- Korean: 되돌아 가다
- Norwegian: snu tilbake
- Polish: zawrócić
- European Portuguese: voltar atrás
- Romanian: a face să se întoarcă
- Russian: возвращаться
- Spanish: volverse atrás
- Swedish: vänd tillbaka
- Thai: เลี้ยวกลับ
- Turkish: geri dönmek
- Ukrainian: повертатися
- Vietnamese: quay trở lại
Definition of turn back from the Collins English Dictionary
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