a return to a former higher rank, popularity, position, prosperity, etc.: The ex-champion kept trying to make a comeback.
a clever or effective retort; rejoinder; riposte: That was a great comeback the comedian made to the hecklers.
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.
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How to use comeback in a sentence
The Washington Nationals are no strangers to long-shot comeback bids.
Now, thanks to Covid-19, the custom appears poised to make at least a modest comeback, according to three transportation companies that spoke to Quartz.
It’s not often that a 19th century old technology makes a comeback.
Free throws, which had been steadily dropping in the 3-point era, made a comeback.
Colleges and universities have constantly shifted their comeback plans, but at this point about 25 percent plan to be mostly online, 21 percent primarily in person, 15 percent taking a hybrid approach … and 27 percent TBD.
The comeback was, without question, one of the year's best and funniest comedies.
We might have thought The comeback was about a desperate actress's shameless struggle for fame.
If laughter is the best medicine, The comeback made you feel enough pain to need a dose—and then it delivered in spades.
When you think about all of that, the success of this comeback run is all the more impressive.
It's been nine years that fans of The comeback have been clamoring for HBO to "give her another take."
Now, with every chance for a comeback, Nan wanted me to pass!The Scapegoat | Richard Maples
Fergus made an extremely poor showing on Memorial Day, and the manager thinks this odd bull would provide a real comeback!Thy Rocks and Rills | Robert Ernest Gilbert
The only American comeback to this growing prejudice is to build factories or assembling plants within the British Isles.The War After the War | Isaac Frederick Marcosson
Old Jim Lough is cautious and reliable, but he's set the date of the comeback too far off.David Lannarck, Midget | George S. Harney
I gawps curious over at J. Bayard to see what comeback he has to this dose of mush, and finds him starin' foolish at her.Shorty McCabe on the Job | Sewell Ford
British Dictionary definitions for comeback
a return to a former position, status, etc
a return or response, esp recriminatory
a quick reply; retort
to become fashionable again
to reply after a period of consideration: I'll come back to you on that next week
US and Canadian to argue back; retort
come back to someone (of something forgotten) to return to someone's memory
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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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