bring (someone or something) back to life

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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
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

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Still, there where he had once been nursed by Galazi the Wolf, I brought him back to life. It was three days till he spoke, and, before his sense returned to him, I caused a great hole to be dug in the floor of the cave.
Hence, the court has already "brought him back to life", and the police have reissued the arrest warrant.Oliver B.
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She told our sister title the Dumfries & Galloway Standard: "Doctors said they'd never seen anything like it and that it was a mother's touch that brought him back to life."
A YOUNG boy who died for six minutes after suffering a cardiac arrest has thanked medics who brought him back to life.
A THREE-YEAR-OLD who died for six minutes after suffering a cardiac arrest has thanked medics who brought him back to life.
"He brought him back to life and then held his hand on the way to the hospital until the doctors and nurses took over and he lost his fight for life."
A MAN who "died" for 40 minutes, with no pulse or blood pressure, has praised the determined doctor who brought him back to life on the operating table.
In their different ways, California-based kathak dancer Chitresh Das and bharata natyam dancer Shobana, who lives and works in Madras, India, both brought him back to life in New York City.
Singh, who has been named as the world's oldest marathon man at 102, told CNN's 'Human to Hero' series that running showed him kindness and brought him back to life by making him forget all his traumas and sorrows.
Holly replied: "Did you?" And Phillip said: "Yes, he had a heart attack and I brought him back to life again.
Joe, of Bromsgrove, was saved when RAC mechanic Steve Walford brought him back to life after he collapsed.
We were told he died in the restaurant because his brain was starved of oxygen and the paramedics brought him back to life.