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  • v. To retrace one's steps; to go back where one has already gone.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. retrace one's course


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  • You double back towards the stern, for the crew’s quarters.

    The Great California Game

  •     Fallaji Cavalry had struck along the length of the supply line throughout the march and on several occasions had taken a tower, forcing part of the army to double back to re-establish their lines of communications.

    The Brothers' War

  • He was to search the Magellan Straits, but he was also to be ready either to double back to the Plate or to proceed up to Valparaíso to harass German trade, “according to information.”

    Castles of Steel

  • Working from that clue, I decided that our two guides were proposing to double back and see what they could find out about Yitzak’s “man with the mullah.”

    O Jerusalem

  • A week later I would move on to do Beat the Beast, a Half Ironman triathlon in Saint Croix, Virgin Islands; and then double back for the Gulf Coast Half Ironman in Panama City, Florida, the following week.

    The Grace to Race

  • * Invaginate: ‘fold inwards to form a hollow’, ‘turn or double back within itself’ Shorter Oxford English Dictionary.


  • Good Hope, with Cradock aboard, would return to the Falklands to coal, to remain in closer wireless touch with Montevideo and London, and to guard against the possibility that Dresden might double back and return to the South Atlantic.

    Castles of Steel

  • The stairwell, a square shaft cored from its gangrenous center, consisted of two half-flights per story; up to a landing, double back to the next floor.

    Drowned Hopes

  • As I swung slightly to the north to double back and recheck, I called my element and told them to help me check the development thoroughly, and at the same time I spotted six big fat loaded trucks back at my eight o'clock position.

    Thud Ridge


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