bring back to life

bring (someone or something) back to life

1. Literally, to reanimate a person or animal that has died. The patient did die on the table, but we were able to use the defibrillator to bring her back to life. Unfortunately, the dog's injuries were so severe that the doctor could not bring him back to life.
2. By extension, to energize someone. A: "OK, schedule Tuesday's meeting, get John on the phone, and then come in my office so we can all discuss that big project." B: "Wow, that cup of coffee really brought you back to life!"
3. To revitalize something that has become dull or stale. The new CEO's creative approach really brought that failing company back to life.
See also: back, bring, life, to
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

bring someone (or an animal) back to life

 and bring someone (or an animal) back
to make someone or some living creature come back to life. There was nothing that would bring Jimmy's cat back. It was truly dead. Not even a magician could bring back the cat.
See also: back, bring, life, to

bring something back to life

Fig. to restore vitality to something, such as a performance, a story, etc. (See also bring someone or an animal back to life.) The third act of the play had a clever twist that brought the whole drama back to life.
See also: back, bring, life, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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He also said that, if he could, he would bring back to life every killed Serb, Bosniak, Croat, and every man, but he does not have power to do that.
Responding to the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader's remarks, Chaudhry retorted saying 'when you haven't done a good deed in your life then refrain from turning the names of institutions like Shaukat Khanam and Namal University controversial, just to bring back to life your already dead politics.'
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The exhibition features 16 black and white images which capture and bring back to life the excitement of the age of the steelworks and collieries in the Houghton, Sunderland, Ryhope and the South Hetton area.
Recreation is rooted in to re-create: to bring back to life, to create anew.