to turn the clock back

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - turn the clock back

"to turn the clock back"

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



Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - turn the clock back

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 the clock back 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 the clock back

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 the clock back?

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

to turn the clock back - Usage:


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to turn the clock back - Gerund Form:

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

to turn the clock back - Examples:

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

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

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

4)  ... and money to create a sustainable future. One can not turn the clock back, 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 the clock back' but not if having a family meant sacrificing her career.

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

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

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

9)  If I could turn the clock back 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 the clock back in terms of their appearance.

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

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

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

14)  ... wants to make America "great again" by turning the clock back 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 the clock back on European integration.

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

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

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

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

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