backward instead of forward

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  • I am even surprised that they do not go backward instead of forward under the difficulties they have to encounter. Cited from Bricks Without Straw, by Albion W. Tourgee
  • The writing in nearly all cases slants backward instead of forward. Cited from Complete Prose Works, by Walt Whitman
  • What a pity it's looking backward instead of forward. Cited from Patty at Home, by Carolyn Wells
  • I still think that if we are going to monkey with the clocks at all it would be better to turn them backward instead of forward. Cited from Mince Pie, by Christopher Darlington Morley
  • When using manuscript in the pulpit, he frequently turned the leaves backward instead of forward, for he knew all the sermon by heart! Cited from Recollections of a Long Life, by Theodore Ledyard Cuyler
  • His brain was not only perfectly clear, but almost abnormally active, and yet the current of his thoughts appeared to be turned backward instead of forward. Cited from The Mummy and Miss Nitocris, by George Griffith
  • The topsy-turvy honour reached backward instead of forward, diminishing one rank with each succeeding generation. Cited from Sir Robert Hart, by Juliet Bredon
  • Thompson, of Detroit, who is a remarkably good hitter, steps backward instead of forward. Cited from Base-Ball, by John M. Ward
  • By reason of this, his gaze is turned backward instead of forward, and this is a reversal of the rightful attitude of child life. Cited from The Vitalized School, by Francis B. Pearson
  • "That is a pity; it will hardly do to keep on so -- going backward instead of forward as regards improvement in that line of work." Cited from Christmas with Grandma Elsie, by Martha Finley [AKA: Martha Farquharson]
  • Then the United States butted in and told them of their danger; they said that they were going backward instead of forward, and would be conquered by another nation if they did not pick up. Cited from How To Study and Teaching How To Study, F. McMurry
  • Life and wife, lands and kin, will be of small value if we are to lose this battle and become the citizens of a broken country, going backward instead of forward -- a country with a past, but no future. Cited from The Continental Monthly, Vol. 2, No 3, September, 1862, by Various
  • Then repeat the operation, but bending backward instead of forward, paying careful attention to the emptying and filling of the lungs. Cited from The Royal Road to Health, by C.A. Tyrrell
  • It was George's misfortune that he fought these battles and gained these victories while his army was moving backward instead of forward -- while seeking a place of safety instead of driving the enemy to seek one. Cited from Siege of Washington, D.C., F. Colburn Adams
  • I shifted the style of collar he was wearing to a tighter kind that I liked better, and I brushed his hair straight backward instead of forward, which gave him a much more alert look. Cited from Winsome Winnie and other New Nonsense Novels, by Stephen Leacock
  • Many years ago, when my faculties were much less impaired, I was forced to quit Dow's History of Indostan, because the Indian names made so little impression on me, that I went backward instead of forward, and was every minute reverting to the former page to find about whom I was reading. Cited from Letters of Horace Walpole, V4,Horace Walpole
  • For as the smoke began to rise, and while the rabble before the window, cowed by the fall of two of their number, were still pushing backward instead of forward, there rose behind them strange sounds -- yells, and the clatter of hoofs, mingled with screams of alarm. Cited from Count Hannibal, by Stanley J. Weyman