a step backward

a backward step or a step backward
an action that does not bring progress, but makes the situation as bad as it was in the past

By cutting expenditure on health care, I feel we are taking a backward step to the bad old days.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • backward — backward, backwards 1. For the adverb, both forms are in use, although backward is somewhat more common in AmE and backwards in BrE: • Talk ran backward from the events of the morning A. Munro, CanE 1987 • I walked backward to look at her in the… …   Modern English usage

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  • backward — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} adj. VERBS ▪ be, seem ADVERB ▪ extremely, fairly, very, etc. ▪ a rather backward part of the countr …   Collocations dictionary

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