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You hark back to the different construction we put on her appearance that evening?

But I am anticipating, and must hark back to the anchor with the flukes of pearl.

Hark back to your well-thumbed Lavengro and you will find, if you do not remember, his reasons.

And if we find ourselves on the wrong tack why then we'll hark back.

The convict had lost the thread of his examination, and had to hark back.

“Yes, you hark back,” the young man laughed, thankful for a formula.

We must hark back on our own tracks first thing in the morning.

As for the primitive, I hark back to it because we are still very primitive.

I think, if I were you, I should hark back upon some place in Ireland.

However, to hark back to what I was about to say, he outlived her by fifteen years or so.

WORD ORIGIN

late 12c., from Old English *heorcian, perhaps an intensive form from base of hieran (see hear). Cf. talk/tale. Cognate with Old Frisian harkia "listen," Middle Dutch horken, Old High German horechon, German horchen. To hark back (1829) originally referred to hounds returning along a track when the scent has been lost, till they find it again. Related: Harked; harking.

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