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comeback

[ kuhm-bak ]
/ ˈkʌmˌbæk /
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noun

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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Origin of comeback

First recorded in 1815–25; noun use of verb phrase come back
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British Dictionary definitions for comeback

comeback
/ (ˈkʌmˌbæk) /

noun informal

verb come back (intr, adverb)

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Idioms and Phrases with comeback

come back

1

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]

2

Return to one's mind, as in Her name came back to me after I saw her picture. [Late 1800s]

3

Retort or reply; also, retaliate. For example, No matter how many insults he flings, I can always come back with another. [Late 1800s]

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