come·​back·​er | \ ˈkəm-ˌba-kər How to pronounce comebacker (audio) \
plural comebackers

Definition of comebacker

1 baseball : a ground ball hit directly to the pitcher … Cormier had retired Mo Vaughn … on a weak comebacker to the mound to end the seventh.— Gordon Edes
2 golf : a putt back to the hole after a preceding putt has rolled past it After pitching to within 20 feet of the pin, Junior runs his first putt four feet past and then misses the comebacker.— Jaime Diaz

Examples of comebacker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web He was struck by a comebacker in late September — his final outing of the year — and was diagnosed with a non-displaced ulna fracture in his right forearm. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers sign Jose Urena, but their short-term pitching plan hasn't worked recently," 5 Jan. 2021 Busdar Graterol got out of the jam with a popout, strikeout and comebacker. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Riley HR ignites big Braves 9th in 5-1 NLCS win over Dodgers," 13 Oct. 2020 The beef has continued even into this season, when Ureña drilled Acuña just a month ago; alas, the right-hander is out for the playoffs after he was drilled by a comebacker in the season’s final weeks. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Braves slug their way to NLDS Game 1 win vs. Marlins: Three takeaways from Atlanta's comeback," 6 Oct. 2020 But Donovan Solano struck out, and Brandon Belt hit a comebacker that could have been an inning-ending double play. John Shea,, "Giants fall again to Padres 6-2, season comes down to Sunday," 26 Sep. 2020 Pederson's comebacker off Craig Stammen ricocheted into the glove of shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., who stepped on second to end the inning. Beth Harris, Star Tribune, "Padres edge light-hitting Dodgers 2-1 on Hosmer's RBI single," 10 Aug. 2020 Representing the go-ahead run in the seventh, Mountcastle hit a soft comebacker to Pérez, who finished the frame to become the second Boston starter to work seven innings in three games against the Orioles. Nathan Ruiz,, "Orioles walk off on Red Sox, 5-4, in 10 innings to snap losing streak," 22 Aug. 2020 There was a comebacker three batters later that ricocheted off Fulmer's glove. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' Michael Fulmer is out of excuses in his comeback. Why he feels 'awful'," 22 Aug. 2020 Reliever Carlos Estévez had an X-ray on his right hand that revealed that nothing was broken after he was hit on the back of his hand by a comebacker in Sunday’s game. Kristie Rieken, Houston Chronicle, "Carlos Correa's double helps Astros to 5th straight win," 18 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of comebacker

1954, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Comebacker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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