One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Go (or cause someone or something to go) back in the direction in which they have come.‘they turned back before reaching the church’‘police turned back hundreds of cars’
retrace one's steps, go back, returnrepulse, drive back, fight back, force back, beat back, beat off, put to flight, repelView synonyms
- ‘Nez smiled, and grabbed Libratra by her sleeves, running with her towards the Police Department, where they were turned back by a CLOSED sign in pure black and white.’
- ‘Its car was turned back from a police checkpoint near her house.’
- ‘The tourists instead tried to cross a huge bridge blocks away, dragging their rolling luggage through broken glass, smashed bricks and trash, but they were turned back by police firing warning shots over their heads.’
- ‘Military police were turning reporters back.’
- ‘But they were turned back at Charles de Gaulle airport on Tuesday, because police claimed the groom's Kenyan passport did not have the right visa.’
- ‘I slung my bag on my back and reached Will, turning him back in the direction we had come.’
- ‘‘Hundreds of refugees have been turned back at its borders in recent months,’ the statement quoted him as saying.’
- ‘Three were arrested as the mob was turned back by police.’
- ‘Fifteen hundred trucks transporting soya to Paraná's port of Paranágua have been turned back at the border.’
- ‘A group of 150 football hooligans were turned back.’
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