Turn Back Meaning
(obsolete, transitive) To give back; to return.
Example: Realising he had forgotten his briefcase, he turned back to the office.â€Ž
1914, Louis Joseph Vance, Nobody, chapter III:
Turning back, then, toward the basement staircase, she began to grope her way through blinding darkness, but had taken only a few uncertain steps when, of a sudden, she stopped short and for a little stood like a stricken thing, quite motionless save that she quaked to her very marrow in the grasp of a great and enervating fear.
To return to a previous state of being.
He stopped drinking for a couple of years, but now he has turned back to his old ways.â€Ž
Once we take this decision, there's no turning back.â€Ž
The soldiers turned back all the refugees at the frontier.â€Ž
In Autumn we normally turn the clocks back one hour.â€Ž
I love that song: turn back to it!â€Ž
When you make the bed, please always turn the sheet back over the blanket.â€Ž
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
We turn not back the silks upon the merchants, / When we have soiled them.