EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CAST BACK
Cast back one on each side of the bed, burning and bruised, they began to sob.
In her hand she held an object that cast back the light of the dying fire.
One saw it from the glances they cast back at a pair of passing vultures.
This was how his generous intention was cast back upon his hands.
I have, though somewhat reluctantly, cast back to the original form.
They would then cast back to the point where they had lost the scent.
We cast back on Mr. Wilson his insolent and slanderous interpretation.
The eyes saw it not: in reality they were cast back to where his mind was—the past.
He was but cast back on the morning's portion, then of fair sufficiency, but now oh!
After Appomattox they were cast back into a worse isolation than they had ever known.
mid-13c., "a throw, an act of throwing," from cast (v.). In early use especially of dice, hence figurative uses relating to fortune or fate. Meaning "that which is cast" is from c.1550s. Meaning "dash or shade of color" is from c.1600. The sense of "a throw" carried an idea of "the form the thing takes after it has been thrown," which led to widespread and varied meanings, such as "group of actors in a play" (1630s). OED finds 42 distinct noun meaning and 83 verbal ones, with many sub-definitions. Many of the figurative senses converged in a general meaning "sort, kind, style" (mid-17c.). A cast in the eye (early 14c.) preserves the older verbal sense of "warp, turn."