Definition of turn back (or turn someone/something back) in English:

turn back (or turn someone/something back)

phrasal verb

  • 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’
    • ‘A group of 150 football hooligans were turned back.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘Hundreds of refugees have been turned back at its borders in recent months,’ the statement quoted him as saying.’
    • ‘Its car was turned back from a police checkpoint near her house.’
    • ‘Military police were turning reporters back.’
    • ‘I slung my bag on my back and reached Will, turning him back in the direction we had come.’
    retrace one's steps, go back, return
    repulse, drive back, fight back, force back, beat back, beat off, put to flight, repel
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