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.

1815–25; noun use of verb phrase come back Unabridged
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comeback (ˈkʌmˌbæk)
1.  a return to a former position, status, etc
2.  a return or response, esp recriminatory
3.  a quick reply; retort
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 & History

"verbal retort," 1889, from come + back (-). Meaning "recovery, return to former position or condition after retirement or loss" is attested from 1908, Amer.Eng.
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Example sentences
And they're all wondering what they're going to do to make a comeback.
Handwritten notes are making a comeback, but not strictly as a means of
Since that time, the birds have made a remarkable comeback.
While part of the sea is making a comeback, photos show how bad the damage once
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