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make a comeback

To overcome a deficit in a sport, game, election, or other contest. After being down five goals at the start of the third period, they made a remarkable comeback and tied the game with mere seconds to spare. After analysts predicted her campaign was dead in the water two months ago, the candidate appears to be making an incredible comeback.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

make a comeback

to return to one's former (successful) career. After ten years in retirement, the singer made a comeback. You're never too old to make a comeback.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

make a comeback

Also, stage a comeback. Achieve a success after retirement or failure, as in After years in mediocre movies, she made a comeback on Broadway, or The humble hamburger is about to stage a comeback. [Colloquial; c. 1920] Also see come back, def. 1.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

comeback, to make/stage a

To return to one’s former standing, after a withdrawal or a lapse in popularity or ability. This term originated in America about 1900 or so. “With a little effort you could still stage a comeback,” wrote F. Scott Fitzgerald in This Side of Paradise (1920).
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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