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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 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 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

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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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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If he comes back from the African Cup and is injured or as he was last year, there is no chance of us signing him permanently
If (Leinart) comes back, I won't do anything punting-wise next year,'' Malone said.
I owe him back, hopefully step up and hold it down until he comes back.
The surgeries are a question mark, but if he comes back from this, he could be a very interesting guy.
As the demand comes back and people are traveling more, we're filling the spots,'' Clark said.
The thing about our industry is when it comes back it comes back stronger than before because of the pent-up demand,'' Rex said.
They'll be a little bit different team when he comes back, we anticipate him coming back on Friday (for Game 3).
It's an amazing feeling when something that's so wild comes back to you.
Junior setter Tawny Thorp, one of the team's hardest hitting attackers, also comes back.
When Michael lets us know what he's going to do, certainly, if he comes back, we intend to make a very concerted and very serious effort to bring the rest of the championship team back.
And she still comes back every year because she knows she helps raise money for the charities,'' he said.
He comes back mad when he makes an out; he didn't have that fire before.
The 48-year-old actress won't say exactly how Ripley comes back to life in ``Alien Resurrection'' after her fiery death in the last ``Alien'' installment, but does confirm the character comes back with a new, lusty attitude.