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return to form

1. noun A restoration to a previously established standard of excellence or brilliance. This latest film marks a welcome return to form for the beloved filmmaker, whose more recent films have fallen well below the expectations of critics and fans alike.
2. verb To return to a previously established standard or state of excellence or brilliance. The president definitely returned to form in the debate last night, much to the joy (and relief) of her supporters.
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NAOMI Folkard isn't about to make any bold predictions for the Commonwealth Games - despite returning to form at the World Archery Championships.
A forecast outsider who could be primed to outrun its likely odds sNOTHING does more for a horse's price than a string of duck eggs and Sea Rover could prove a handsome price if returning to form in the apprentice handicap at Redcar (5.10), writes Stuart Riley.
Wylam posted a useful 139-2 with Kelly Mordue returning to form with an unbeaten 54.
MEADOW VIEW is open again and slowly returning to form.
Sven-goran Eriksson believes England captain David Beckham is returning to form just in time for the World Cup qualifying campaign - and the visit of Wales.
He did not have the best of the draw when he finished in the pack in the Wokingham Handicap at Royal Ascot, but there was evidence lasttime at Newbury that he was returning to form.
"I got two tries against Bath and another one against Wasps and people say that I am returning to form. I have been in form a while and definitely want to be back with the England team again.
Both sides have shown signs of returning to form after sticky recent runs, the Wolves picking up wins in two of their last three games and the Bulls recording back-to-back victories.
Another team returning to form are big-spenders Blackburn, who have goalkeeper Alan Kelly between the sticks for the first time this season.
Cantgeton (4.40 Ludlow, nap) After showing some ability on debut, was largely disappointing before returning to form when scoring over hurdles.
Gave every indication of returning to form with a spirited effort at Doncaster last Saturday.
Let It Slip could be returning to form for David Mullins
The John Dunlop-trained winner, who had run two fine races behind Cassandra Go in both the Temple Stakes and King's Stand Stakes earlier in the season, was returning to form after a slightly below-par run in the July Cup on his previous start and clearly appreciated this confidence-booster.