Definition of comeback in US English:



  • 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’
    • ‘The Yankees made a comeback attempt that fell short, and a stunned crowd, which had been amped to celebrate a World Series trip, filed out.’
    • ‘The record company, meanwhile, has been wondering out loud whether her suit was a mere publicity stunt ahead of a comeback attempt.’
    • ‘Perhaps if Fonda decides to make her comeback more permanent, she could change all that.’
    • ‘Too many hurried shots from unlikely angles hampered their comeback attempt.’
    • ‘Capriati is the woman of the moment and one of the best comeback stories in sport.’
    • ‘He will pull down the curtain on his illustrious career on Sunday, May 20-and then make his comeback three weeks later.’
    • ‘But she has lacked the motivation to make her comeback.’
    • ‘There will, of course, be the tearful interviews, but it is also believed the star will attempt a comeback CD.’
    • ‘Every additional document that surfaces seems more like a comeback attempt from the depths of the archives than a work of literature.’
    • ‘He is due to make his comeback after injury in the reserves tomorrow, and will be a shoo-in.’
    • ‘Broken and battered, he is receiving as little notice for his comeback attempt as he did for his fall from grace.’
    • ‘DuBois instead threw his support behind Roosevelt's attempt at a comeback campaign as a Progressive.’
    • ‘The team's strong work ethic was evident in the inspired comeback attempt against heavily-favored Cornell.’
    • ‘The player also expressed confidence that he would soon make his comeback to the Indian team ahead of the Athens Olympics in August.’
    • ‘However, they turned it up to the next level, staging a valiant comeback attempt, only to fall short, losing 6-4.’
    • ‘With a paucity of big men in the East, he could garner All-Star consideration, which would make his comeback story almost unbelievable.’
    • ‘After a 2000 comeback attempt that was hampered by a leg injury, Miller retired from competition.’
    • ‘She was initially uncertain because, despite a successful comeback tour two years back, she officially retired eight years ago.’
    • ‘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.’
    resurgence, recovery, return, rally, upturn, revival, rebound
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    1. 1.1 A return to fashion of an item, activity, or style.
      ‘stirrup pants have made acomeback’
      • ‘But, just like flares and fancy shoes, it is making a fashion comeback.’
      • ‘You need this, not just because the skirt suit has staged a comeback to the fashion arena but because it is possible to look professional, put-together and sexy at the same time.’
      • ‘The famed Kashmiri phiran, which is a legacy of the early centuries, has made a fashion comeback with a contemporary idiom.’
      • ‘Only recently have the shoes started making a comeback in the trendy cultures as a way of reversing the ‘cool’ effect of the corporate titles.’
      • ‘But recently fur has made quite a comeback in fashion circles, and many of those same models are once again appearing on runways decked out in fur rather than in their birthday suits.’
      • ‘Punk fashion is the comeback that never went away.’
      • ‘He says the company has good prospects going forward with carpet reportedly making a comeback as a fashion trend.’
      • ‘The Polynesian craze of mid-century America has made a comeback in fashion, collectibles, interior decor and art.’
      • ‘It has been around for centuries in various shapes and sizes, and now the little silver version is enjoying a comeback at smart parties and family occasions.’
      • ‘After a 54-year absence, beauty contests are making a comeback in China now that the government has finally lifted its ban on such pageants.’
      • ‘With all reports of the 1980's making a fashion comeback, will shoe tops be cut back as well?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Odds are if you feel a style isn't apropos for you on its fashion comeback, you are probably being honest with yourself.’
      • ‘Besides his exquisitely tooled creations, he is credited with having invented the platform sole and wedge heel, which have had a recent comeback in fashion.’
      • ‘And I think spats are going to make a comeback in men's fashion.’
      • ‘The old idea of the feast is having a comeback as more people recognize the value of such events for family and social cohesion, and as under-standing develops of the dangers of incomplete mourning.’
      • ‘Who would have thought that cargos would make such a quick comeback?’
  • 2informal A quick reply to a critical remark.

    • ‘Finding herself without a quick comeback, Angel resorted to juvenile tactics.’
    • ‘The robot blinked once, accessing its database of snappy comebacks before selecting an answer.’
    • ‘You'd always ignore it or answer with a cool comeback.’
    • ‘A brief silence followed, in which she tried to retaliate with a clever comeback and he frowned angrily at the ground.’
    • ‘I mean, obviously you can just go down to decimal places, but I didn't like there being a comeback that I couldn't immediately respond to.’
    • ‘She was the fighter in our group; she could make a tough girl cry with her endless barrage of snotty remarks and catty comebacks.’
    • ‘I opened my mouth to retaliate, but the comeback would not leave my tongue.’
    • ‘I thought about responding with a biting comeback, perhaps in Latin.’
    • ‘It was one that they heard often and was said when someone could not think of a comeback to a snide remark quickly enough.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She'd had ready comebacks, quick and witty and tough.’
    • ‘As an actress, Vikki always had quick comebacks ready, in case she forgot a line.’
    • ‘Always first with the one-liners and quickest at comebacks?’
    • ‘I'm terrible at fashioning snappy comebacks to surreal arguments, but I do pride myself on re-engineering odd bureaucratic strange-loops.’
    • ‘They lead to sometimes-cordial responses but usually indignant comebacks, and that makes me equally irate.’
    • ‘Ever had someone toss an insult your way and found yourself wanting a snappy comeback but unable to think one up quick enough?’
    • ‘I debated whether to retort with a witty comeback or to not pay attention to him.’
    • ‘They did what the wanted when they wanted, they said whatever they pleased and they tore others down faster than you could figure out your own comeback to the snippy replies.’
    • ‘My quick wit helped me think of a comeback for that one.’
    • ‘Drawing on years of quick comebacks, he sniffed.’
    retort, riposte, return, rejoinder, counter, retaliation, sally
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    1. 2.1 The opportunity to seek redress.
      ‘there's no comeback if he messes up your case’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      compensation, reparation, restitution, recompense, repayment, damages, indemnity, indemnification
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