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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That powerful message sent the dictator and his family scurrying out of the country, and won us back our democracy.
"But we bought wisely and one of our big players, Mo Diame, has won us back our Premier League status."
But he soon won us back with his 'Elf and Safety' madness line on how glad he was at not getting too close to the business bit of the ceremony: "It's a good job I don't have to go anywhere near the crane, otherwise it would probably take Health & Safety about a week to instruct me."
A night out at the pictures is now a favourite among many Britons - and good films have won us back.
He won us back the Ashes (and how we missed him in Australia during the winter) and is heading off tomorrow to the West Indies to resume his leadership of England.