I found a phrase, ‘hit rewind’ in the headline of the article of May 29 New York Times reporting that VHS cassettes that seem to be dead long ago are still surviving and widely used among immigrant communities in New York City.
The article reads:
“For movies, some immigrants still choosing to hit rewind. In this age of streaming movies online and Blu-ray Discs, immigrants' nostalgia and frugality, among other factors, combine to make sure that the bulky VHS cassette endures.”
I assume ‘hit rewind’ means ‘to go back to an old thing and item (in nostalgia way),’ but am not sure of.
I checked Oxford, Cambridge, and Merriam-Webster online dictionaries for confirmation. None of them registers ‘hit rewind’ as an idiom.
Google Ngram shows that the phrase came up around 1980, and its usage is rapidly growing. So it seems to be a relatively new expression.
What is the exact meaning of ‘hit rewind’? Is the words well-received as an idiom now in both U.S. and U.K.?