[ kuhm-bak ]
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  1. a return to a former higher rank, popularity, position, prosperity, etc.: The ex-champion kept trying to make a comeback.

  2. a clever or effective retort; rejoinder; riposte: That was a great comeback the comedian made to the hecklers.

  1. Informal. a basis or cause of complaint: If you insist on buying these pointed shoes, you'll have no comeback when your toes start to hurt.

Origin of comeback

First recorded in 1815–25; noun use of verb phrase come back

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How to use comeback in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for comeback


/ (ˈkʌmˌbæk) /

  1. a return to a former position, status, etc

  2. a return or response, esp recriminatory

  1. a quick reply; retort

verbcome back (intr, adverb)
  1. to return

  2. to become fashionable again

  1. to reply after a period of consideration: I'll come back to you on that next week

  2. US and Canadian to argue back; retort

  3. come back to someone (of something forgotten) to return to someone's memory

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Other Idioms and Phrases with comeback


Return to or regain past success or popularity, as in It's hard to come back from two sets down and win the match, or Long hemlines are coming back this fall. [Early 1900s]

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