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.
TEIRESIAS Poor fool to utter gibes at me which all Here present will cast back on thee ere long.
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.
No reflection was to be allowed now: not one glance was to be cast back; not even one forward.
"I'm eventually going to get some catfish," he said, a determined tone in his voice, as he cast back into the water.
Australia's 7 Network also had Doctor Down On while BBC brought the cast back together in 1991 for Doctor At The Top.
Ahead of being stripped out, teams from Adderstone went into the building and were immediately cast back to the late 1990s and early Noughties, prompting these photos.