Meaning of hark back in English:

hark back

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phrasal verb

  • 1Mention or remember something from the past.

    ‘if it was such a rotten holiday, why hark back to it?’
    • ‘it is all very well to hark back and praise what used to be the case’
    • ‘The Dutchman has engaged in a PR drive over the past seven days, harking back to the special days of Nicholson.’
    • ‘But nowadays, though the old men and women remember, the younger generations no longer hark back to that bitter past.’
    • ‘But the event was not simply about harking back to the past.’
    • ‘One will have no choice over the course of the following week but to keep harking back to a past well documented while the other's only option is to look forward to a future unknown.’
    • ‘And he is harking back to another past meeting for inspiration.’
    • ‘But, while it's fashionable to hark back to the past, Armfield believes that many aspects of the game are better than ever before.’
    • ‘And - although I wouldn't go all the way with this point - there is a feeling that looking to the future is more important than harking back to the past.’
    • ‘Living in the past and harking back to your mistakes only makes a victim of you.’
    • ‘Much of his speech harked back to Africa's harsh past under European powers.’
    • ‘You can say that I hark back to the past and you would be right, because I am, but I do so for a reason.’
    recall, call to mind, recollect, think of
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    Originally a hunting term, used of hounds retracing their steps to find a lost scent.

    1. 1.1Evoke an older style or genre.
      ‘the paintings hark back to Constable and Turner’
      • ‘Reflective surfaces actually hark back to the Art Deco style, though their stylishness seems very ‘LA’ to me.’
      • ‘Elsewhere, women's dresses and coats, harking back to '50s and '60s styles and stiffened with foam rubber, hung in rows on the wall.’
      • ‘His relaxed guitar style harks back to the Hendrix of Electric Lady Land.’
      • ‘Its style harks back to the days when wealthy industrialists commissioned architects to design gracious new homes.’
      • ‘We'd like to see rock move into the future, where it's fused in different genres and not harking back to the '70s.’
      • ‘Peyroux's nomadic life and folksy, natural style of singing also hark back to a simpler era, when a teenager could run away from home and join a band of street musicians.’
      • ‘Firstly, however, is the arrival of Jenna G, a truly soulful diva, whose vocal style harks back to the heady days of Nina Simone.’
      • ‘If Brunel's engineering projects were radical, pioneering and futuristic, his architecture displayed a passion for ornament and an eclectic mix of historic styles that harks back to Regency days.’
      • ‘Box hedging harks back to the past, but depending on its arrangement, can also look incredibly contemporary.’
      • ‘The new development takes its inspiration from the past and harks back to the original design of the public house.’
      recall, call to mind, look back to, turn back to, cause one to remember, cause one to recollect, cause one to think back to
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