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bring back

1. To cause something to regain its former popularity. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "bring" and "back." Yeah, let's not bring back the leisure suit—it's not a good look for anyone. Several new artists seem to be bringing '80s pop back.
2. To return an item to its owner or to its original place. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "bring" and "back." You can borrow my textbook, but please bring it back tomorrow so I can study for the test. I need to bring back these books to the library by Thursday.
3. To bring someone to a particular place or person. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "bring" and "back." I'm taking my niece to the zoo tomorrow afternoon and then bringing her back to her dad's house afterward. You should bring back Dana to our house after your meeting, I want to talk to her.
4. To induce memories of one's past. That song brings back such fond memories of my childhood.
5. To reanimate a person or animal that has died. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "bring" and "back." I would give anything to bring my father back—he died far too young. Do you think we'll ever bring back the woolly mammoth?
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

bring someone or something back

to make someone or something return. (See also bring something back to life.) Would you please bring the child back? Bring back my child!
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bring something back (to someone)

to remind someone of something. The funeral brought memories back. The warm winds brought back the old feeling of loneliness that I had experienced so many times in the tropics.
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bring something back

to restore an earlier style or practice. Please bring the good old days back. Bring back good times for all of us.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Other Gwent authorities have also seen sharp rises in the number of homes standing empty - and reductions in the numbers brought back into use - though this has been attributed to changes in the way information is recorded.
The benefit of zero-rating including refund will not be available in respect of such supplies, said the statement adding that no tax invoice is required to be issued for goods which are brought back to India within six months.
Therefore, he further said, we should forget that the looted public money can be brought back to Pakistan from Swiss or other foreign accounts.
Hishammuddin said the 1MDB case would not be solved unless Low is brought back to face the law.
'The government of Nigeria owes those children, their parents and community the duty to ensure that they are brought back. It is something that should never have happened,' he stated.
The council said that while most of the homes brought back into use were done so through providing advice, some had to be helped with financial incentives.
The Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) has allocated temporary plots of land for more than 7,000 camels and 5,000 goats and sheep brought back from Saudi Arabia.
On the black money issue, Nath said no money stashed away in foreign banks has been brought back and the government should respond to the people.
Even reserve units have allowed items - including the London-based Royal Yeomanry who brought back a rocket propelled grenade launcher.
The large, privately owned, warehouse opposite Boyes on West Row is expected to be brought back into use as an arts centre.
I think safety and technology has improved enough in recent years, and standing areas could be easily and safely brought back. It would bring back a bit of that electric Gallowgate atmosphere that I loved so much.
"I told Mr Modi that the state unit was keen that Yeddyurappa be brought back into the party.
GRADE II-listed houses in Liverpool are to be brought back to life as social housing.
With the DNA evidence they have now, to make sure the right person is punished, the death sentence should be brought back.
Such a move would damage Turkey's bid for democratization and allow Turkey to rapidly turn into an authoritarian regime C* Capital punishment was already abolished from the Turkish justice system and it cannot be brought back. Bringing back the death penalty means to make Turkey turn to the 20th century.