to turn back the clock

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - turn back the clock

"to turn back the clock"

to recreate, imagine or remember things as they were at an earlier time



Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - turn back the clock

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  This new on-demand warehousing system is driving me crazy.

Colleague 2:  What do you want to do? Turn back the clock to when we needed to order stock three months in advance and then we had a warehouse full of product just sitting on the shelves collecting dust?

Colleague 1:  Now that I imagine the old system, no, you are right. The new system is better.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - turn back the clock

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  You look sad. What is the matter?

Friend 2:  My wife and I are fighting again. We have not really been good for years now. I think we are headed for a divorce.

Friend 1:  Sorry to hear that. I bet you wish you could turn back the clock?

Friend 2:  I do. I wish we could go back to the loving days when we first met.

to turn back the clock - Usage:


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to turn back the clock - Gerund Form:

Turning back the clock is often not a good as one thought it might be.

to turn back the clock - Examples:

1)  ... she could turn back the clock on her migrant policy is a clear attempt to mend fences with her allies in ...

2)  The last party to try to turn back the clock to a non-bilingual prime minister was the Reform under Preston Manning. 

3)  I don't think there are many adults who would turn back the clock and re-sit their junior cert.

4)  ... and money to create a sustainable future. One can not turn back the clock, and all sporting bodies have to move forward, and stay in line with ...

5)  ... wished she would have had children if she was able to 'turn back the clock' but not if having a family meant sacrificing her career.

6)  Running a healing bath can help with skin conditions and help to turn back the clock.

7)  It is completely unproductive to think we can turn back the clock, ...

8)  I'm sorry but Sydney can not simply turn back the clock to the 1990s, ...

9)  If I could turn back the clock I would but I can not. Sometimes in life you have to make mistakes.

10)  ... both men and women, of all ages, are looking to turn back the clock in terms of their appearance.

11)  ... retrogressive and dreamily nostalgic. Bringing back grammar schools is turning back the clock to a mythical golden age

12)  ... photographer is turning back the clock to bring vintage glamour to people in the region. 

13)  ... but will as well bear responsibility for the success of conservatives in turning back the clock of progress. 

14)  ... wants to make America "great again" by turning back the clock to the imagined splendor of an era of racial and ethnic homogeneity.

15)  ... political leaders to negotiate special arrangements for their own countries, potentially turning back the clock on European integration.

16)  As a result, I have turned back the clock and revisited my experience to compile a guide ...

17)  ... within a matter of hours, the hackers had turned back the clock and pushed one of the world's biggest oil companies back to using typewriters and ...

18)  Those wizards at the BBC had turned back the clock as filming of an epic new TV drama about the Bronte family.

19)  ... turned back the clock to a dark time in Mississippi's past.

20)  ... for a species like the teal, the eradication sort of turned back the clock for them to the time before rats arrived on the island.