harken back

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harken back (third-person singular simple present harkens back, present participle harkening back, simple past and past participle harkened back)

  1. Alternative form of hearken back
    • 1994, David Coogan, Electronic Writing Centers: Computing the Field of Composition, page 4:
      The emerging consensus that writing was merely transcribed speech, then, harkened back to the pre-disciplinary, liberal arts college