come back from the dead

come back from the dead

1. To become reanimated after death. If you don't do exactly what I want at my funeral, I'll come back from the dead and harass you all!
2. To reappear or regain popularity after a period of absence or decline. I haven't seen her in years, and now she's suddenly come back from the dead, so she must want something. I bought bell-bottoms because '70s fashions are coming back from the dead.
See also: back, come, dead

come back from the dead

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rise from the dead

If someone or something comes back from the dead or rises from the dead, they become active or successful again after a period of being inactive or unsuccessful. I could not believe I had done it. I had come back from the dead and my career had survived the ultimate test. After all, this was a company that, by all appearances, had risen from the dead. Note: You can also say that someone raises something from the dead when they make it active or successful again after a period of being inactive or unsuccessful. The company has been working on the scheme to raise this inner-city area from the dead since 1982.
See also: back, come, dead