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comeback

[kuhm-bak] /ˈkʌmˌbæk/
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.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25; noun use of verb phrase come back
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British Dictionary definitions for come-back

comeback

/ˈkʌmˌbæk/
noun (informal)
1.
a return to a former position, status, etc
2.
a return or response, esp recriminatory
3.
a quick reply; retort
verb (intransitive, adverb)
4.
to return
5.
to become fashionable again
6.
to reply after a period of consideration: I'll come back to you on that next week
7.
(US & Canadian) to argue back; retort
8.
come back to someone, (of something forgotten) to return to someone's memory
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Word Origin and History for come-back

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for come-back

comeback

noun
  1. A quick and witty retort; a withering riposte: Dorothy Parker was famous for devastating comebacks (1889+)
  2. A regaining of success, fame, health, etc: He's trying another comeback at 38 (1908+)
  3. A customer who returns merchandise; also, the returning itself (1950s+ Salespersons)
  4. A response to a call: Thanks for your comeback, Dead Duck (1970s+ Citizens band)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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