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return to form

1. noun A restoration to a previously established standard of excellence or brilliance. This latest film marks a welcome return to form for the beloved filmmaker, whose more recent films have fallen well below the expectations of critics and fans alike.
2. verb To return to a previously established standard or state of excellence or brilliance. The president definitely returned to form in the debate last night, much to the joy (and relief) of her supporters.
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The 24-year-old has returned to form under new Villa boss Tom Sherwood and the Belgian's contract does not expire until 2017.
JARKKO NIEMINEN returned to form with a run to the third round of the Australian Open and he can make his experience count when facing German Jan-Lennard Struff in the first round of the Open de Sud today.
Benteke has returned to form in recent weeks with three goals in his last three games, including the penalty winner in Wednesday's 4-3 derby victory over West Brom.
Roger Charlton's filly returned to form when landing the Shergar Cup Sprint at Ascot in decent style and will take this rise in grade in her stride under Frankie Dettori.
The 26-year-old has been a relative stranger to the international scene since, having suffered a shoulder injury soon afterwards, but returned to form in style with silver on the world stage in Hungary in July.
FINJAAN returned to form in the Betfair Cup at Glorious Goodwood and trainer Marcus Tregoning is eyeing a crack at Haydock Park's Betfred Sprint Cup.
Stocksfield met South North II a few days later and Hawes (67 not out) and Withycombe (24 not out) returned to form as the home side totalled 118-2.
LaBarbera started the season with an 8-2 record and was one of the league's biggest surprises, but had to leave the team for four day sin November to deal with a family issue and hasn't returned to form.
The horse returned to form in great style at Down Royal when he beat Kadoun by 20 lengths.
MARCUS TRESCOTHICK was the star for England yesterday when he returned to form with a vengeance on the opening day of the first Test against Zimbabwe at Lord's.
Jutra returned to form with By Design, a screwball comedy about a lesbian couple determined to become parents.
Vaughan hopes to have around five horses running at Aintree, including Tartak, who returned to form on his first start for the yard to finish fifth in the Byrne Group Plate at Cheltenham.
12 USC an early scare, but the Trojans returned to form in time to maintain hope of advancing at least as far as the final four for a school-record fourth consecutive season.
Singletary wins: Singletary returned to form in the Arcadia Handicap as the Breeders' Cup Mile champ tackled the front-runner on the turn and won the 1-mile turf race on the Santa Anita Derby undercard.