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Phrasal Verbs

turn back

This page is about the phrasal verb turn back


to return in the direction from which you've come, or to make someone do this

For example

  • turn back If you get lost, turn back and return the way you came.

  • turn sb back The police were turning everybody back because the road had been blocked by a landslide.

  • be turned back Anyone who doesn't have a visa will be turned back at the border.

Quick Quiz

I was on my way to the airport when I realised I had to turn back because

a. it started to rain

b. I ran out of petrol

c. I'd forgotten my passport

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