Definition of comeback in English:


Syllabification: come·back
Pronunciation: /ˈkəmˌbak


  • 1A return by a well-known person, especially an entertainer or sports player, to the activity in which they have formerly been successful: the heavyweight champion is set to make his comeback [as modifier]: his career died after a couple of comeback attempts
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    • This unexpected gesture appears to have motivated him to make his comeback attempt most serious.
    • Failed comeback attempts, like successful ones, are a staple of baseball history, a feature of every season.
    • She was initially uncertain because, despite a successful comeback tour two years back, she officially retired eight years ago.
    resurgence, recovery, return, rally, upturn
  • 1.1A return to fashion of an item, activity, or style: stirrup pants have made a comeback
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    • Odds are if you feel a style isn't apropos for you on its fashion comeback, you are probably being honest with yourself.
    • The Polynesian craze of mid-century America has made a comeback in fashion, collectibles, interior decor and art.
    • As well, we both know that square toes shoes will make a comeback as soon as fashion marketers have found a way to lace every man in pointy shoes.
  • 2 informal A quick reply to a critical remark.
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    • Always first with the one-liners and quickest at comebacks?
    • Since I came here I've been on the defensive, it didn't take long to perfect my quick cutting comebacks, and they always lead me to say things like that, without thinking.
    • Drawing on years of quick comebacks, he sniffed.
  • 2.1The opportunity to seek redress: there’s no comeback if he messes up your case
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    • We approach power as supplicants; we have no redress or comeback, indeed no knowledge of how it works; we accept what our politicians hand down in the name of a hereditary leader.
    • If the Minister does not like what the commissioner is saying, doing, or writing, then he or she can remove the commissioner without any recompense or comeback at all.
    • We have no comeback now but to take the matter to court which is a very expensive option but one that we're going to talk about.

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