[kuhm-bak] /ˈkʌmˌbæk/

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.
noun (informal)
a return to a former position, status, etc
a return or response, esp recriminatory
a quick reply; retort
verb (intransitive, adverb)
to return
to become fashionable again
to reply after a period of consideration: I’ll come back to you on that next week
(US & Canadian) to argue back; retort
come back to someone, (of something forgotten) to return to someone’s memory

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.



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