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turn back
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  • turn inside out or upside down
  • hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of
    • Arrest the downward trend
    • Check the growth of communism in South East Asia
    • Contain the rebel movement
    • Turn back the tide of communism
  • force to go away; used both with concrete and metaphoric meanings
    • Drive away potential burglars
    • drive away bad thoughts
    • dispel doubts
    • The supermarket had to turn back many disappointed customers
  • go back to a previous state
    • We reverted to the old rules
  • retrace one's course
    • The hikers got into a storm and had to turn back
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