Definition of throwback in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈθrəʊbak/


1A reversion to an earlier ancestral characteristic: the eyes could be an ancestral throwback
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  • Aidan was a genetic throwback, apparently, with pale skin and pale hair that was similar to that belonging to several of the family's relations.
  • So why must all men look like atavistic throwbacks?
  • What if, instead, the attraction is an atavistic throwback to the prehistoric human fascination with telling takes?
1.1A person or thing having the characteristics of a former time: a lot of his work is a throwback to the fifties
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  • But with agricultural advances, shepherds are becoming an anachronism - a throwback to a time long before the advent of the Honda quad bike.
  • The Persians who live in Los Angeles describe Meybodi as the Larry King of Iran, but he's more dignified than that, a throwback to an earlier age of TV talk shows.
  • At first sound, the Beatles seemed a throwback to the rockabilly 50s.

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