cast back


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cast back

vb
(adverb) to turn (the mind) to the past
Translations

w>cast back

vi (fig) to cast back (in one’s mind)im Geiste zurückdenken (→ to an +acc)
vt sep to cast one’s thoughts or mind backseine Gedanken zurückschweifen lassen (→ to in +acc)
References in classic literature ?
He cast back a dark look, and a threatening motion of the hand, towards the spot where he had left the bolder villian; and went on his way: busying his bony hands in the folds of his tattered garment, which he wrenched tightly in his grasp, as though there were a hated enemy crushed with every motion of his fingers.
Perhaps the bouman was honest enough; perhaps he had meant to cheat and then, finding himself alone with two of us in a desert place, cast back to honesty as being safer; at least, and all at once, he seemed to find that button and handed it to Alan.
The mother, as she led her up, cast back looks of anguish towards Dobbin.
He might well look smilingly down upon those small, fair features, radiant with innocent mirth, those clear blue shining eyes, and that soft flaxen hair cast back upon the little ivory neck and shoulders.
In those wild words she cast back the taunt--with the letter held in triumph in her hand.
I had been watching by my father's deathbed: I had been witnessing the last fitful yearning glance his soul had cast back on the spent inheritance of life--the last faint consciousness of love he had gathered from the pressure of my hand.
Now that we had the clue to his action, each of us could cast back and remember some sinister act upon the part of the half-breed--his constant desire to know our plans, his arrest outside our tent when he was over-hearing them, the furtive looks of hatred which from time to time one or other of us had surprised.
Cast Back from left Lewis Steven, Matthew Farley, Matteo Campbell, Lewis Jackman, Matthew Williams, Harry Tervit, Harry Birnie.
The rest of the cast feels pretty much the same way, which is why it shouldn't be too hard for NBC to get quite a few members of the original cast back on board.
I've been working on the Mamma Mia sequel, which is wonderful with all the cast back together, having a laugh again.
Reflecting on how even thenprime minster Harold Wilson recognised members of the cast back then, Sir Michael added: "Which is why I am affronted by what I see as a gem like Coronation Street in danger of becoming just another formulaic soap.
And while McGregor is looking forward, he admitted his mind was cast back to the days when Tommy Burns brought him into the Parkhead fold and set him on his way to becoming a homegrown hero in the first team.