To hark back
Hark Hark (h[aum]rk), v. i. [OE. herken. See {Hearken}.] To listen; to hearken. [Now rare, except in the imperative form used as an interjection, Hark! listen.] --Hudibras. [1913 Webster]

{Hark away!} {Hark back!} {Hark forward!} (Sporting), cries used to incite and guide hounds in hunting.

{To hark back}, to go back for a fresh start, as when one has wandered from his direct course, or made a digression. [1913 Webster]

He must have overshot the mark, and must hark back. --Haggard. [1913 Webster]

He harked back to the subject. --W. E. Norris. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Hark back — Hark Hark (h[aum]rk), v. i. [OE. herken. See {Hearken}.] To listen; to hearken. [Now rare, except in the imperative form used as an interjection, Hark! listen.] Hudibras. [1913 Webster] {Hark away!} {Hark back!} {Hark forward!} (Sporting), cries… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hark back — v. (d; intr.) ( to revert ) to hark back to (to hark back to the old days) * * * [ hɑːk bæk] (d; intr.) ( to revert ) to hark back to (to hark back to the old days) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • hark back to something — hark back to (something) to be similar to something from the past. His music harks back to Elvis Presley and other 1950s influences …   New idioms dictionary

  • hark back to — (something) to be similar to something from the past. His music harks back to Elvis Presley and other 1950s influences …   New idioms dictionary

  • hark back — verb go back to something earlier This harks back to a previous remark of his • Syn: ↑return, ↑come back, ↑recall • Hypernyms: ↑denote, ↑refer • Hyponyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • hark back to — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms hark back to : present tense I/you/we/they hark back to he/she/it harks back to present participle harking back to past tense harked back to past participle harked back to a) hark back to something to remember …   English dictionary

  • hark back to — RECALL, call/bring to mind, evoke, put one in mind of. → hark * * * evoke (an older style or genre) paintings that hark back to Constable and Turner * * * hark back to [phrasal verb] hark back to (something) 1 : to return to or remember… …   Useful english dictionary

  • hark-back — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun ( s) Etymology: hark back : a reversion or reference to something past this hark back to the caveman code Philip Gibbs hark backs to the yesteryear lore of the theater Abel Green * * * harkˈ back noun A going back again ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • hark back to — 1) PHRASAL VERB If you say that one thing harks back to another thing in the past, you mean it is similar to it or takes it as a model. [V P P n] ...pitched roofs, which hark back to the Victorian era. 2) PHRASAL VERB When people hark back to… …   English dictionary

  • hark back — {v.}, {literary} 1. To recall or turn back to an earlier time or happening. * /Judy is always harking back to the good times she had at camp./ 2. To go back to something as a beginning or origin. * /The cars of today hark back to the first… …   Dictionary of American idioms

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