Definition of hark back to in US English:

hark back to

phrasal verb

  • Evoke (an older style or genre)

    ‘paintings that hark back to Constable and Turner’
    • ‘Reflective surfaces actually hark back to the Art Deco style, though their stylishness seems very ‘LA’ to me.’
    • ‘We'd like to see rock move into the future, where it's fused in different genres and not harking back to the '70s.’
    • ‘Its style harks back to the days when wealthy industrialists commissioned architects to design gracious new homes.’
    • ‘If Brunel's engineering projects were radical, pioneering and futuristic, his architecture displayed a passion for ornament and an eclectic mix of historic styles that harks back to Regency days.’
    • ‘Box hedging harks back to the past, but depending on its arrangement, can also look incredibly contemporary.’
    • ‘His relaxed guitar style harks back to the Hendrix of Electric Lady Land.’
    • ‘Firstly, however, is the arrival of Jenna G, a truly soulful diva, whose vocal style harks back to the heady days of Nina Simone.’
    • ‘Elsewhere, women's dresses and coats, harking back to '50s and '60s styles and stiffened with foam rubber, hung in rows on the wall.’
    • ‘Peyroux's nomadic life and folksy, natural style of singing also hark back to a simpler era, when a teenager could run away from home and join a band of street musicians.’
    • ‘The new development takes its inspiration from the past and harks back to the original design of the public house.’
    recall, call to mind, look back to, turn back to, cause one to remember, cause one to recollect, cause one to think back to
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