French translation of 'turn back'
1. (= go back) revenir ⧫ faire demi-tour
We turned back. Nous avons fait demi-tour.
2. (= change plans or decision) revenir dessus
The administration has endorsed the bill and can’t turn back. L’administration a endossé la facture et ne peut pas revenir dessus.
separable transitive verbturn
[protesters, travellers] refouler
[vehicle] faire faire demi-tour à
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Example Sentences Including 'turn back'
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She opened the door to go out, and then suddenly thought of something and turned back rather slowly.The Secret Garden (1911)
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)
The moon adds an element of surprise to meetings in ways that can turn back time and turn up excitement.The Sun (2011)
Turn back now and it will be a disaster.The Sun (2013)
We need to fight to make sure the clock doesn't get turned back.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
When I turned back he was gone.Times, Sunday Times (2011)
I got up and walked and followed the river a long way and then turned back again.Daniel Deronda (1876)
They turned back and walked towards the high wall.CHARMED LIFE (1977)
You're afraid of your old father turning back and getting into another rage.Wives and Daughters (1864)
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)
We're turning back towards LaGuardia.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
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)
Ask again if there's a chance friendship could turn back into something more.The Sun (2008)
Had she asked to go home or turn back?The Sun (2015)
He evidently panicked and he turned back towards the pavement.Times, Sunday Times (2007)
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)
Turning back now would be a disaster.The Sun (2013)
But when a man walks out of a marriage, somehow he turns back to being something like an eligible bachelor.Mothers who Leave (1994)
He was soon turning back towards his home.FRIENDS FOR LIFE (2003)
'turn back' in Other Languages
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
Translation of turn back from the Collins English to French Dictionary
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