To turn back

To give back; to return.
to turn so as to go in an opposite direction; to retrace one's steps.

See also: Turn, Turn

References in classic literature ?
Several times I essayed the right-hand entrance only to turn back as though warned by some strange intuitive sense that this was not the way.
I must have gone too far to turn back,--and yet I don't know, for if you had spoken to me so, some time ago, I should have laughed it off.
Tom lay upon a sofa with an eager audi- tory about him and told the history of the wonderful adventure, putting in many striking additions to adorn it withal; and closed with a description of how he left Becky and went on an exploring expedition; how he followed two avenues as far as his kite-line would reach; how he followed a third to the fullest stretch of the kite-line, and was about to turn back when he glimpsed a far-off speck that looked like daylight; dropped the line and groped toward it, pushed his head and shoulders through a small hole, and saw the broad Mississippi rolling by
Before we had been an hour on the road I should have called to the driver, and should have told him to turn back.
The reason it is soon time to turn back is that you sleep from twelve to one.
If I were to point out all the notable places as we pass up the Broad Walk, it would be time to turn back before we reach them, and I simply wave my stick at Cecco's Tree, that memorable spot where a boy called Cecco lost his penny, and, looking for it, found twopence.
But instead of taking the direct road, he chose to turn back along the fields through which he and Dinah had already passed; and I think his blue linen handkerchief was very wet with tears long before he had made up his mind that it was time for him to set his face steadily homewards.
There was no way to turn back and I was driving on for quite a while.
When pigment cells turn off at the end of a hair cycle and fail to turn back on, hair becomes grey.
BAC BA K IN TIME FOR DINNER (BBC 2, Tuesday, 8pm) TOP chef Ken Hom makes an appearance to turn back the clock once more for the Robshaws and take the whole family back to the 1980s.
MH 198 which left Hyderabad on late Saturday bound for Kuala Lumpur had to turn back because of auto pilot defect.
Kuala Lumpur, Jumada I 25, 1435, Mar 26, 2014, SPA -- A local flight in Malaysia was forced to turn back when an engine caught fire shortly after take-off on Wednesday, the airline said, according to dpa.