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come back

1. verb To return to someone or something (often a place or situation). We're coming back from our vacation on Tuesday. Our dog Sparky was missing for days, but he came back home last night, thank goodness. I'd like to come back to a point you made earlier.
2. verb A call for someone or an animal to return to one. Sparky, come back!
3. verb To return to one's memory. The name of the song will come back to me, just give me a minute. OK, it's all coming back to me now—you were sitting over there, and you definitely asked that question.
4. verb To reply to something, often in a snarky or irritable way. I don't like Mary that much. Whenever I talk to her, she always manages to come back with something insulting. When you asked him about tomorrow's meeting, what did he come back with?
5. verb To return to a former state of functionality, popularity, success, etc. Oh, that's a career-ending knee injury for sure—there's no way he's coming back from that. I bought bell-bottoms because '70s fashions are coming back in style.
6. verb To overcome a deficit in a sport, game, or contest. After being down five goals, they came back and tied the game.
7. noun The overcoming of a deficit in a sport, game, or contest. In this usage, the phrase is usually written as one word. After being down five goals, they made a huge comeback and tied the game.
8. noun A return to someone or something's former state of functionality, popularity, success, etc. In this usage, the phrase is usually written as one word. Oh, that's a career-ending knee injury for sure—there's no way he'll make a comeback from that. I bought bell-bottoms because '70s fashions are making a real comeback.
9. noun A rejoinder, often one that is (or tries to be) clever or snarky. In this usage, the phrase is usually written as one word. "Your mom" is the lamest comeback you could possibly use.
See also: back, come

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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come back

to return; to return to an advantageous or favorable state or condition. Walter practiced every day, hoping to come back from his injury. When will the good old days come back?
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come back (to someone or something)

to return to someone or something. Please come back to me. I'm lonely. Come back to your home!
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come back

(to someone) [for a memory] to return to someone's consciousness. Everything you said suddenly came back to me. All the old memories came back to me and made me feel very sad.
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come back (to someone or something)

to return to someone or something. Please come back to me. I'm lonely. Come back to your home!
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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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come back

1. Return to or regain past success or popularity, as in It's hard to come back from two sets down and win the match, or Long hemlines are coming back this fall. [Early 1900s]
2. Return to one's mind, as in Her name came back to me after I saw her picture. [Late 1800s]
3. Retort or reply; also, retaliate. For example, No matter how many insults he flings, I can always come back with another. [Late 1800s]
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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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come back

v.
1. To return to some place: I came back to Montana last year. I hope my dog comes back.
2. To become present again: That unpleasant feeling came back to me when I found out they were lying again.
3. To begin to be remembered; recur to the memory: What happened last night is coming back to me now.
4. To return to or regain past success after a period of misfortune: After years of living in obscurity, the rock singer came back more popular than ever.
5. come back with To retort; reply: She came back with a clever answer that subtly insulted him.
See also: back, come

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).
See also: make, stage
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In last year's Super Bowl comeback, the Falcons appeared to tire and struggled to generate pressure, sending more than four pass rushers on just two of 24 pass plays in the fourth quarter.
I am confident that after a short break between the Test matches, we have the ability and will make a comeback in this series, he said while talking to Pakpassion.net..
Yet last season's finalists, who have been in superb form in recent months, refused to surrender, and staged a scintillating second-half comeback to leave the tie open after a frustrating finish for the Germans.
My sole aim is to make a strong comeback for Pakistan with good rhythm and some good domestic performances under my belt and I feel that I am making good progress towards that goal".
According to a representative of JYP Entertainment, the group is slated to make their comeback in July.
THEY may be out of reckoning at the moment, but Delhi Daredevils stars Yuvraj Singh and Zaheer Khan still hope to make a comeback to the Indian team.
MITCH: The best band comeback in the past ten years would probably be Stone Roses.
This is the first time each of the first three weeks of a season has had a comeback win of at least 17 points since 1982.
As with the Spirits Comeback Brands, this category recognizes those wine brands of significant volume that saw sales decline two years ago (2011) but which rebounded in 2012.
The 19-year-old centre back played the first game of his comeback from a groin injury for Middlesbrough reserves against Blackpool reserves.
COMEBACK man Dave Ferguson is ready to do a mini-Ricky Hatton when he climbs into the ring at the 02 Academy in the Newcastle city centre on Saturday.
RICKY HATTON has revealed his sadness that his parents will not be at ringside to see his boxing comeback.
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Live tennis Eurosport, 10am AFTER England's dramatic Test win over Sri Lanka on Monday, Andy Murray got in on the comeback act yesterday at the French Open, writes James Milton.
Summary: As Britney Spears continues her successful comeback, we look at her journey from teen singer to pop superstar.