Definition of take someone back in US English:

take someone back

phrasal verb

  • Strongly remind someone of a past time.

    ‘if “Disco Inferno” doesn't take you back, the bell-bottom pants will’
    • ‘The world now awaits a verbal fudge that will end seven days which took us back to the Cold War.’
    • ‘We were given headphones, playing a soundtrack that at first threatened to mimic the worst kind of heritage audio tour, as it took us back in time.’
    • ‘The music between scene changes took us back to the 1980s.’
    • ‘The color reminded her of Radcliffe, but their gaze took her back to the days when she was a child.’
    • ‘There in the library amongst the smell of books and binding, he was taken back to what seemed like a past life.’
    • ‘It took us back to the 1980s - before there were treatments for HIV infection - when so many became infected with HIV, progressing to serious illness and death from AIDS.’
    • ‘Step through the heavy wood and glass doors of Hargadon Bros. and you are taken back to a time when time didn't matter, where the money in your pocket didn't dictate the good time you had.’
    evoke, awaken one's memories of, evoke one's memories of, remind one of, put one in mind of, conjure up, summon up, call up
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