win back

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win back

To re-earn or regain someone or something through a new, successful competitive effort. A noun or pronoun is used between "win" and "back." The team is hoping to win back their championship title next week. He vowed to do whatever it takes to win his ex-wife back.
See also: back, win

win someone or something back (from someone or something)

to regain someone or something from someone or something. I hope to win the money I lost back from the other poker players. We were not able to win Sally back from the cult. We won back everything. We won back Sally.
See also: back, win

win back

v.
To regain, through effort or contest, something or someone that one has lost or no longer has: My friend is at the casino, trying to win back what he lost last night. Her boyfriend left her, but she's sure she will win him back.
See also: back, win
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Boateng, who was restored to the starting line-up against his former club, said: "It is good for those who played on Sunday to win something back at Villa.
Boateng, who was restored to the starting line-up in midfield against his former club, said: "It is good for those who played on Sunday to win something back at Villa.
Boateng, who was restored to the starting line-up against his former club, said, "It is good for those who played on Sunday to win something back at Villa.
"But you try to correct that feeling by going in the next day and trying to win something back. It's a very slippery slope.
WE may not have won the game but we did win something back - pride.