Share this entry

Share this page

comeback

Line breaks: come|back
Pronunciation: /ˈkʌmbak
 
/

Definition of comeback in English:

noun

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 in England [as modifier]: a comeback tour
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
1.1A return to fashion of an item, activity, or style: trouser suits are making a comeback
More example sentences
  • 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: some of my best comebacks just go right over people’s heads
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
retort, riposte, return, rejoinder, counter, retaliation, sally;
2.1 [mass noun] The opportunity to seek redress: there’s no comeback if he messes up your case
More example sentences
  • 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.
3Australian /NZ A sheep bred from cross-bred and pure-bred parents for both wool and meat.

Words that rhyme with comeback

fullbacktouchback

Definition of comeback in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day tenebrous
Pronunciation: ˈtɛnɪbrəs
adjective
dark; shadowy or obscure