turn back


  • retrace one's course;
    • "The hikers got into a storm and had to turn back"
  • go back to a previous state;
  • force to go away; used both with concrete and metaphoric meanings;
    • "The supermarket had to turn back many disappointed customers"
  • hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of;
  • turn inside out or upside down