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stage 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 staged 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 staging an incredible comeback.
See also: comeback, stage
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comeback, to make/stage a

To return to one’s former standing, after a withdrawal or a lapse in popularity or ability. This term originated in America about 1900 or so. “With a little effort you could still stage a comeback,” wrote F. Scott Fitzgerald in This Side of Paradise (1920).
See also: make, stage, to
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer