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hearken back (third-person singular simple present hearkens back, present participle hearkening back, simple past and past participle hearkened back)

  1. (intransitive) To turn back to an earlier topic or circumstance.
    • 2019 April 14, Alex McLevy, “Winter is here on Game Of Thrones' final season premiere (newbies)”, in The A.V. Club[1]:
      From the opening shots of the anonymous young Winterfell boy rushing to catch a glimpse of Jon Snow and Queen Daenerys Targaryen, hearkening back to those moments of the very first episode in which Arya rushed to do the same with an approaching King Robert Baratheon, the series is calling back to its beginning, suggesting (at least for now) that the wheel continues to turn, sending us back into a pattern begun seven seasons prior.
  2. (intransitive) To go back to something as an origin or source.

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