make a comeback

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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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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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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Both the 16-under and 18-under Southern California Athletics dropped into the losers' brackets of their respective tournaments and tried to make a comeback.
Injury-riddled pitcher Steve Ontiveros, who is trying to make a comeback from elbow surgery, hopes to make a minor league rehab start with the Angels next week.