One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Deliver a spoken or written account of something one has been asked to do or investigate.‘the deadpan voice of a police officer reporting back to his superior’‘every movement I made was reported back to him’
- ‘On return from any visit, delegation leaders had to report back to the Bezirksverwaltung in writing within 48 hours, detailing progress and results.’
- ‘Meanwhile, program managers in budgeted programs would simply spend their allocations, reporting back on how many permits were issued, standards written, inspections done, or citations made.’
- ‘A commission appointed in 1825 to again investigate weirs on the river never reported back to the legislature.’
- ‘He will write a truly frightening letter, and then report back to Andrew that Cesario is a terrifying warrior.’
- ‘Well, we can't vouch for Stickpix, but if any reader fancies giving 'em a go and reporting back, we'll write up the results.’
- ‘It's my sad duty to report back from this film that Chris O'Donnell just can't act.’
- ‘He then cycles off to whichever part of Edinburgh he has been summoned, has sex, and then reports back on the experience to the following night's audience.’
- ‘I've yet to see it so will report back afterwards.’
- ‘We will be following it to find out if you are indeed word-perfect, and we will report back to our committee.’
- ‘Over the next 12 months, the Pension Commission will report back on what it believes the Government should do to ease the looming pension crisis.’
2Return to work or duty after a period of absence.
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