come back from the dead

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come back from the dead

1. To become reanimated after death. If you don't do exactly what I want at my funeral, I'll come back from the dead and harass you all!
2. To reappear or regain popularity after a period of absence or decline. I haven't seen her in years, and now she's suddenly come back from the dead, so she must want something. I bought bell-bottoms because '70s fashions are coming back from the dead.
See also: back, come, dead

come back from the dead

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rise from the dead

If someone or something comes back from the dead or rises from the dead, they become active or successful again after a period of being inactive or unsuccessful. I could not believe I had done it. I had come back from the dead and my career had survived the ultimate test. After all, this was a company that, by all appearances, had risen from the dead. Note: You can also say that someone raises something from the dead when they make it active or successful again after a period of being inactive or unsuccessful. The company has been working on the scheme to raise this inner-city area from the dead since 1982.
See also: back, come, dead
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CZECH REPUBLIC 0 TURKEY 2 TURKEY came back from the dead - but must wait to see if they have made the last 16.
Syrian Coalition comes back from the dead The National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces came back from the dead by closing ranks overnight and adding 43 new members to its general assembly.