One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(of a clock) be set to an earlier standard time, especially at the end of summertime.
- ‘The clocks go back tomorrow night and we all get an extra hour in bed on Sunday morning.’
- ‘The clocks have gone back, the nights are drawing in - don't get miserable, get a tan.’
- ‘By now even the most unobservant should have realised that British Summer Time is dead and that clocks have gone back one hour.’
- ‘The clocks have gone back, it's getting colder and driving conditions are about to get a great deal tougher.’
- ‘It sometimes feels like the clocks have gone back to a time before women protested at being seen as just sex objects.’
- ‘So the clocks have gone back and it was dark, it seemed by mid afternoon, yesterday, halloween is over and for me it is now winter.’
- ‘The clocks have gone back, summer is over and many of us are dusting off our electric blankets ready for the long cold nights.’
2(of two people) have known each other for a length of time.‘Victor and I go back a long way’
- ‘‘Your mother and I go back a long way,’ Finn said.’
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