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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.
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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.
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MIKE: The best comeback for me would be back in 2012 by one of my favourite bands Blur.
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Cathy Stevenson, of Little Chef, who commissioned the survey, said: "This research just goes to show that Britain loves a good comeback, whether it is a pop band, a clothing trend or a TV show.
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Diego Maradona admits he was astonished by Liverpool's comeback: "Even the Brazil team that won the 1970 World Cup could not have staged a comeback with Milan leading 3-0.
I don't really want to do that every time, but it's good to see that without Joey (Harrington), the comeback kid," Fife said after leading Oregon to two fourth-quarter touchdowns in a 28-24 win over Fresno State on Saturday.
However, Fulton points out it is crucial to pick a good programme: "The show you comeback in has got to be fairly high profile or potentially have a good chance of getting a cult audience.
Buckner, who reenacts his historical 'moment' from the 1986 World Series game in The Comebacks, will appear on ESPN's "Hot Seat" on Wednesday, October 17th.
MAGIC JOHNSON: Two failed comebacks, first after being diagnosed as HIV positive, and again in 1996.
THE SUPREMES BAD-TEMPERED Diana Ross tried to revive her ailing fortunes with a comeback tour of her Motown group.
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The euphoria of fourth-quarter comebacks overshadowed everything else the past few weeks, but after needing a third straight last-minute score to offset a terrible start UCLA knows the situation is problematic.
Known as the "Comeback Kid," Montana led the San Francisco 49ers to four Super Bowl championships in nine years and concluded his career with 38 fourth-quarter comebacks.
I'm excited to be part of what will be one of the greatest comebacks in business history," Mulcahy told reporters and analysts at Comdex 2000, one of North America's largest IT industry trade shows.
That victory and Saturday's win over Arizona State are the biggest comebacks since the 55-24 victory over Notre Dame in 1974.