comeback

A comeback is a quick, witty reply. “Your mama” is a lame comeback but a popular one. It's also a return to prominence after a break, like an athlete who retires and then makes a comeback by returning to the sport.

If someone insults you, and you say something back that turns the insult around, that's a comeback. Nice job. Another comeback is when someone — especially in entertainment or sports — comes back after being gone. If a popular singer leaves music for a few years and then returns with a hit song, that's a comeback. In the song “Mama Said Knock You Out,” LL Cool J starts by saying, “Don’t call it a comeback, I been here for years!”

Primary Meanings of comeback

1.
n
a quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one)
2.
n
return by a celebrity to some previously successful activity
Full Definitions of comeback
1

n a quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one)

Synonyms:
counter, rejoinder, replication, retort, return, riposte
Types:
back talk, backtalk, lip, mouth, sass, sassing
an impudent or insolent rejoinder
Type of:
reply, response
the speech act of continuing a conversational exchange
2

n return by a celebrity to some previously successful activity

Type of:
reappearance, return
the act of someone appearing again

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