go back verb (intr, adverb)
- to return
- (often foll by to) to originate (in)the links with France go back to the Norman Conquest
- (foll by on) to change one’s mind about; repudiate (esp in the phrase go back on one’s word)
- (of clocks and watches) to be set to an earlier time, as during British Summer Timewhen do the clocks go back this year?
Return, retrace one’s steps; also, return to a former condition. For example, I’m going back to the haunts of my youth, or We want to go back to the old way of doing things. [First half of 1500s]
Extend backward in space or time, as in Our land goes back to the stone wall, or The family name goes back to Norman times. [Second half of 1600s] Also see go back on.