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comeback

[kuhm-bak]
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noun
  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.
  3. 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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Origin of comeback

First recorded in 1815–25; noun use of verb phrase come back
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Related Words for comeback

resurgence, return, revival, rebound, improvement, victory, winning, rally, rejoinder, repartee, quip, retaliation, riposte, reply, response

Examples from the Web for comeback

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Historical Examples of comeback

  • While I turned to answer it, my mind was still hunting a comeback to this.

  • As she's beamin' straight at me I has to give her some comeback.

    Torchy As A Pa

    Sewell Ford

  • Angela gasped: "Oh, comeback, comeback, darling Miss Humf'ay!"

    Once Aboard The Lugger

    Arthur Stuart-Menteth Hutchinson

  • Now, with every chance for a comeback, Nan wanted me to pass!

    The Scapegoat

    Richard Maples

  • I didn't have any comeback about that, for there was certainly some truth in what he says.

    Believe You Me!

    Nina Wilcox Putnam


British Dictionary definitions for comeback

comeback

noun informal
  1. a return to a former position, status, etc
  2. a return or response, esp recriminatory
  3. a quick reply; retort
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verb come back (intr, adverb)
  1. to return
  2. to become fashionable again
  3. to reply after a period of considerationI'll come back to you on that next week
  4. US and Canadian to argue back; retort
  5. come back to someone (of something forgotten) to return to someone's memory
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Word Origin and History for comeback

n.

"verbal retort," 1889, from come + back (adj.). Meaning "recovery, return to former position or condition after retirement or loss" is attested from 1908, American English.

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