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From throw +‎ back.



throwback (plural throwbacks)

  1. A reversion to an earlier stage of development.
    • 1986, Ronald Reagan, Presidential Radio Address - 17 May 1986:
      You see, the House of Representatives recently passed a military budget that is wholly inadequate, a throwback to the seventies, a budget that is a breach of faith with our Armed Forces and our allies and would send exactly the wrong signal to the Soviets and their satellites.
  2. (derogatory) A person considered to be primitive, uncivilized and mentally deficient.
  3. An organism that has characteristics of a more primitive form.
  4. An atavism.
  5. A person similar to an ancestor, or something new similar to what already existed.
    • 1901, Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Chapter 13:
      "But this is marvellous. It might be his portrait."
      "Yes, it is an interesting instance of a throwback, which appears to be both physical and spiritual. A study of family portraits is enough to convert a man to the doctrine of reincarnation. The fellow is a Baskerville—that is evident."
  6. (slang, often attributive) A person or thing that evokes memories.
    • 2017 May 22, Carra, Mallory, “Celine Dion Is Making Everyone Cry”, in Bustle[1], BDG Media, retrieved 2021-10-11:
      Céline Dion belted her iconic song "My Heart Will Go On" in a show-stopping performance at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards on May 21. The legendary singer gave the throwback performance in honor of the 20th anniversary of the hit song from the Titanic soundtrack.

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