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To get something back

get back

to receive or have something again after a time when it was taken or lost

recover

verb

to get something again that you lost or that someone stole from you

win back

to get back something that you have lost

regain

verb

to get something again that you lost, especially an ability or a mental state

reclaim

verb

to get something back that someone has taken from you

retrieve

verb

to get something back, especially something that is not easy to find

redeem

verb

to get an object again by paying someone the money that they paid you for it, especially when the money was a type of loan

claw back

to get something again that you had lost such as power, especially gradually and with difficulty

recuperate

verb

to get something again, especially money

recover

verb

to get the ability again to do or feel something, especially to control your movements or emotions after losing control of them

creep

used with other nouns to describe the unexpected and often unwanted effects of a particular situation or trend

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a woman in middle age who has to juggle caring for teenage children and ageing parents with a career

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