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come from behind

1. verb To overcome a deficit to win a game or competition. Our defense is truly terrible. How else do you explain that team coming from behind to beat us?
2. adjective Describing a victory in which the winning team or person overcomes a deficit in order to win. In this usage, the phrase is typically hyphenated. I turned the game off when they were down 6-0, so I missed their impressive come-from-behind win!
See also: behind, come

come (up) from behind

to advance in competition; to improve one's position relative to the positions of other things or people. The horse was working hard to come up from behind. Lee was losing in the election, but he began to come from behind in the last week.
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come from behind

to advance from a losing position. (Alludes to being behind in a score or in a race.) Our team came from behind to win the game. The horse I bet on came from behind and almost placed second.
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come from behind

Also, come up from behind. Advance from the rear or from a losing position, as in You can expect the Mets to come from behind before the season is over, or The polls say our candidate is coming up from behind. This idiom, which originated in horse racing, was first transferred to scores in various sports and later to more general use.
See also: behind, come
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Whinney Banks YCC stay in contention in fourth, seven points behind the leaders with a game in hand after coming from behind to beat Hemlington Smithy 4-1.
Otherwise, it could make a motorist coming from behind to apply sudden brakes leading to a pileup.
It's nice to win one coming from behind for a change.
SUBSTITUTE Kris Boyd scored the winning penalty as Rangers lifted the CIS Insurance League Cup after twice coming from behind and beating Dundee United in a shootout.
Barca lead 3-2 from the first leg after twice coming from behind at Celtic Park.
He's giving horses a chance (to win) whether he's coming from behind or on the lead.
THE JAGS made it four wins on the trot after coming from behind to stun Cup shocktroops Ayr.
JOHN ELWAY, on why he was so great at coming from behind to win in the fourth quarter: "I owe it all to my teammates.
WALSALL opened their Jewson Two North account in storming fashion against one of the title favourites, coming from behind with two tries in the last ten minutes.
Third-placed Banbury kept the pressure on pace-setting Whitchurch and Broadstreet in Midlands Division One coming from behind to win at Hereford.
Coming from behind to floor the quick champion for the third time in round 11, Mitchell was awarded the belt via technical knockout due to the three-knockdown rule.
A speedy truck driven recklessly by unidentified driver coming from behind crushed them, leaving three women dead, while two others injured.
Kenny saw his side's 2-2 draw at UCD as two points dropped despite Derry twice coming from behind.
BORO look all but safe now after coming from behind to beat Watford.
Summary: Defending champion Kim Clijsters will face Vera Zvonareva in the US Open final after coming from behind to beat Venus Williams.