Definition of double back in English:

double back

phrasal verb

  • Go back in the direction one has come:

    ‘he had to double back to collect them’
    • ‘I don't mind covering four times the distance, zigzagging across the street and weaving through the throngs, I don't mind walking in the road, I don't mind taking back streets and doubling back: as long as I can keep moving.’
    • ‘We doubled back to the hotel to see if the earlier dinner offer was still open.’
    • ‘I turn down whatever roads strike my fancy arbitrarily, trying not to double back, no direct U turns, but like any game you make up for yourself, there isn't much guilt when I have to break a rule.’
    • ‘The most impressive section was undoubtedly over Tower Bridge, with streams of yellow athletes crossing to the north side before doubling back to return to Bermondsey for the muscle-sapping final leg.’
    • ‘I took the next exit on the freeway, doubled back, and pulled up behind the truck.’
    • ‘We crossed the crystal spring-fed water of Deep Gill and doubled back into the old woods of Birk Bank.’
    • ‘Every now and then he stops, disappears and doubles back on himself, reappearing behind a tree further down the track.’
    • ‘The trio complied by walking north but changed their minds and doubled back toward the other exit.’
    • ‘The group doubled back and went in the direction of the prison.’
    • ‘She finally told me she had been walking up and down Sukhumvit Road for miles in one direction and then doubling back.’
    • ‘I do a bit of emergency map reading with the smallest and worst map in the world, and make a split-second decision to double back across two lines of traffic and cut cross-country till we're back on track.’
    • ‘We climbed on; and eventually, doubling back up the side of the hill and turning a corner, we arrived.’
    • ‘I quickly doubled back to the station to check the validity of the good news but no-one there had as much as a hint of it.’
    • ‘Don't double back like we did, doubting your map reading skills and silently cursing under your breath which by now is laboured from the constant up and down of your confused meander across the fields filled with cow pats.’
    • ‘They often had to double back and change direction due to cave-ins and blocked passages.’
    • ‘He then doubled back and again went the wrong way round the roundabout before turning down Bradford Road at speeds of up to 50 mph.’
    • ‘They were seen on Sand Street and walking towards the town centre, before doubling back and heading towards the sports centre.’
    • ‘This meant that I missed the first turn, had to turn around illegally, and double back, and I was nearly hit by an angry suburban commuter as I searched for the place to turn.’
    • ‘Chris faked one direction and doubled back in the other, catching Selina by the arm and pulling her into him.’
    • ‘He doubled back to check up on him, but by the time he returned, the driver had gone, although the car was still there.’