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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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As combustible as ever: Sandra Tsing Loh returns to form in the inspired ``Mother on Fire'' at the 24th Street Theatre.
BOXING/TYSON-BOTHA)(BOX) LAS VEGAS--Tyson Returns to Form in Knockout Victory Over Botha; Garcia, Vargas & Judah Earn Title Wins (BW1 3:15)
In a nutshell: Woody Allen returns to form, even if it's an echo of past triumphs, in a musing on the thin line between tragedy and comedy.
If Odom returns to form this year and plays as he did in the 2000-01 season, when he averaged 17.
And the Centurions figure to be a contender to win the Foothill League championship when, and if, Holden returns to form.
Veteran soul man and preacher Solomon Burke, who scored a string of pop and r&b hits in the '60s and early '70s (``Just Out of Reach (Of My Two Open Arms),'' ``Got to Get You Off My Mind''), returns to form with this delightful album, his first for Virgin's Pointblank blues label.
Filmmaker Spike Lee returns to form with a relevancy and urgency to equal his ``Do the Right Thing'' in this modestly budgeted fictional movie inspired by the Million Man March.