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comeback (n.)

also come-back, 1889 as "verbal retort," from the verbal phrase; see come + back (adv.). Meaning "recovery, return to former position or condition after retirement or loss" is attested from 1908, American English.

updated on January 25, 2018

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Definitions of comeback from WordNet

comeback (n.)
a quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one);
comeback (n.)
return by a celebrity to some previously successful activity;
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