Definition of come in English:

come

Pronunciation /kəm/

Translate come into Spanish

intransitive verbcame, come

[no object]
  • 1Move or travel toward or into a place thought of as near or familiar to the speaker.

    ‘Jessica came into the kitchen’
    • ‘I came here on holiday with my parents’
    • ‘he came rushing out’
    • ‘The torch moved, came near his face and light shone over his features.’
    • ‘The men in the bar who had been so eager to drink with him now moved away when he came near them.’
    • ‘The man had turned his head on hearing his name, and stood up, stooping under each ceiling beam as he came towards them.’
    • ‘As he came towards her, she knew that she should move away, but her feet wouldn't budge.’
    • ‘As we come near, their strange familiarity becomes simply strange.’
    • ‘When you're in the field, you only have to move if the ball comes near you.’
    • ‘He waited for a moment, making sure no one was coming and moved towards the direction the man came from.’
    • ‘She braced her hands on the wall, getting ready to move if he came another step towards her.’
    • ‘Use your defense moves if anyone that looks suspicious comes near you.’
    • ‘I just stared mesmerized at the advancing natural terror as it came quickly towards my home.’
    • ‘If anyone comes near me, I'll just point to my shoes and tell them I'm wired.’
    • ‘As he comes near he widens his eyes still further and arches his eyebrows in an enquiring expression but she shakes her head and he wanders away again.’
    • ‘If a woman wearing it comes near me I start up uncontrollable sniffing behaviour.’
    • ‘They are huge, ponderous things that threaten to get tangled up and knock down anyone who comes near.’
    • ‘Well, for one thing it's OK to shriek and run away from the ball if it comes near you.’
    • ‘Some people swear that he has never come near the left-field line, even to snag a simple pop-up.’
    • ‘If they get upset, they may become curious and come near the boat.’
    • ‘They fly or flee when we come near, scared that we might harm them.’
    • ‘The evil magpie watched in confusion, but didn't come anywhere near us.’
    • ‘No-one would come near the fence because he would start barking.’
    move nearer, move closer, approach, advance, near, draw nigh, draw close, draw closer, draw near, draw nearer
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    1. 1.1Arrive at a specified place.
      ‘we walked along till we came to a stream’
      • ‘it was very late when she came back’
      • ‘my trunk hasn't come yet’
      • ‘I don't think he will because, when he came back to the club, he didn't come as a manager or a coach.’
      • ‘People came to their doors and windows; everybody came and had a look.’
      • ‘When I arrived, she came outside with the help of 2 other guys who she works with.’
      • ‘Then the treasure trove panel awarded the stone to Shetland, so it came to our local museum, which is where it would have come anyway.’
      • ‘Most of the guests and people who arrived came with their daughters.’
      • ‘My prediction with the pizza was right and ten minutes after it came, she arrived.’
      • ‘The bill came and she reached into her handbag to find her wallet.’
      • ‘The Brazilian comes straight from his French Open win, full of confidence but with next to no grass court practice.’
      • ‘Meg and Jo wait for their mother, but she is late in coming because her train has been delayed by a snowstorm.’
      • ‘The woman from her place at her wall saw them come and saw them go.’
      • ‘Whenever you come and wherever you sit, however, you can be assured a pleasant dining experience.’
      • ‘Sometimes it gets almost to Christmas Eve and nothing has come and then suddenly it's there.’
      • ‘None of this puts you in a good mood, but when they came, the main courses weren't bad.’
      • ‘The second evening I came late back from work, the first time in six months!’
      arrive, get here, get there, reach one's destination, make it, appear, put in an appearance, make an appearance, come on the scene, come up, approach, enter, present oneself, turn up, be along, come along, materialize
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    2. 1.2(of a thing) reach or extend to a specified point.
      ‘women in slim dresses that came all the way to their shoes’
      • ‘the path comes straight down’
      reach, arrive at, meet, get to, get up to, get as far as, make, make it to, set foot on, gain, attain
      extend, stretch, continue, carry on, spread
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    3. 1.3be comingApproach.
      ‘someone was coming’
      • ‘she heard the train coming’
      • ‘He had that evil aura around him and was threateningly coming closer.’
      • ‘I could hear his footsteps on the pavement approaching me, coming faster and faster.’
      • ‘But, as he neared the ground, other instructors noticed that he was coming too close to farm buildings and a spectator area.’
      • ‘Stacey opened the door to the bathroom, looked out to make sure no one was coming near, and closed it again.’
      • ‘He must have warned them we were coming because as we approached the other two swirled around to look.’
      • ‘As police sirens wailed in the distance, coming ever closer, she called her boys off.’
      • ‘I'll be honest and admit that I try always to avoid coming too close to any living soul who may be there, bringing flowers.’
      • ‘This is what I mean about coming too close to something mean, nasty and permanently polluted.’
      • ‘By coming so close to earth, the gravitational field will alter its trajectory ever so slightly.’
      • ‘I heard the rhythm of footsteps pound down the hallway, coming ever closer to the holding cells.’
      • ‘He kept on coming until we were close, only a few centimeters apart, all I had to do was breathe in deeply and we would be touching.’
      • ‘He was coming closer to me, and I could almost smell his cheap cologne surrounding me.’
      • ‘He shook his head, coming even closer until his lips were inches away from her.’
      • ‘He opened his mouth, looking genuinely sorry about coming that close.’
      • ‘I do know an alert crewman had saved us from coming extremely close.’
      • ‘She knew she had looked away too late, and now he was coming closer.’
      • ‘Otherwise, in my mind it would have been much too awkward, especially if he felt what she felt as he was coming closer.’
      • ‘The shape darted behind trees and through the shadows, coming ever closer to the failing glow of the cinders.’
      • ‘She swerved into a spot, coming dangerously close to the car next to us.’
      • ‘On the other, Dave is coming dangerously close to overstepping the line of acceptable behavior!’
      imminent, impending, close, near, approaching, coming, forthcoming, in prospect, at hand, on the way, about to happen, upon us, in the offing, in the pipeline, in the air, in the wind, in the wings, just around the corner
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    4. 1.4Travel in order to be with a specified person, to do a specified thing, or to be present at an event.
      ‘the police came’
      • ‘ come and live with me’
      • ‘the electrician came to fix the stove’
      • ‘we have certainly come a long way since Aristotle’
      • ‘So come and enjoy the event and let's all have a safe and fun-filled day.’
      • ‘Please come and support the event, which is being held in aid of community care.’
      • ‘People from every biological discipline you can imagine would come and present their papers.’
      • ‘It is always a living Canadian author, who will come and be involved in events in the community.’
      • ‘This is the final so come and laugh at the ones that made it.’
      • ‘If that happens to you in your life, you come and talk to me about it and reassure them that they're safe and sound in your care.’
      • ‘If I wasn't happy with that, I don't think I would have come and spoken to the chairman, although I am glad in a way that I did.’
      • ‘They might have come and said strong words against Greece.’
      • ‘And now you come and sit with me and look at our viewers and say here's the truth.’
      • ‘Please come and support what will be a superb night's cricket.’
      • ‘But the man had been intimidated in the same way as the rest of the room had, until I had come and freed them from the witch's curse.’
      • ‘If you thought dance-film/video was all about music clips, then come and find out what else it can be.’
      • ‘What matters most is that the people who do come and read are enjoying what I write.’
      • ‘So come and chortle, chuckle and giggle your way through a fun filled weekend with excellent stand up comedy and family fun.’
      • ‘She comes over to me, sits next to me, puts her hand on my thigh and flicks her hair back, while she demands I come and dance with her.’
      • ‘There were those investors who at least did come and started some ventures of some kind.’
      • ‘Please come and read the links but don't provide any more hits than your own.’
      • ‘Some of the people of Elderswood are coming, due to arrive tomorrow as witnesses.’
      • ‘A reluctant priest came to his bedside, after Voltaire threatened legal action against him if he did not come.’
      • ‘Then the people who did the road works came and dug the path up and found the fault.’
    5. 1.5Join someone in participating in a specified activity or course of action.
      • ‘do you want to come fishing tomorrow?’
    6. 1.6come along/onMake progress; develop.
      ‘he's coming along nicely’
      • ‘she asked them how their garden was coming on’
      • ‘Early last season, this first-round pick experienced some typical rookie problems, but he came on as the season progressed.’
      • ‘He noticed over the following six months that he was developing symptoms which came on after he had been lifting the heavier kegs of beer.’
      progress, make progress, develop, shape up, make headway
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    7. 1.7in imperative Said to someone when correcting, reassuring, or urging them on.
      ‘“Come, come, child, no need to thank me.”’
      • ‘Before coming to this CPS type approach, someone may say to you, ‘Well, come, come, are you not moving the responsibility for managing staff away from managers?’’
      • ‘Oh, come, come, surely you're pouring extra olive brine into your cocktail?’
  • 2Occur; happen; take place.

    ‘twilight had not yet come’
    • ‘a chance like this doesn't come along every day’
    • ‘waiting for a crash that never came’
    • ‘The sounds are familiar and pleasant, but they belong to another time - a time that has not yet come.’
    • ‘It came only after yet another procedural skirmish about the agenda and the debate was quite chaotic and confusing.’
    • ‘Yet all this came without the grinding regimen of tuition centres and coaching colleges.’
    • ‘A feint can force your enemy to tie down huge amounts of forces to protect against an attack that never comes.’
    • ‘The warning in Hull comes after months of violent and abusive encounters between local teenagers and immigrants.’
    • ‘It came without warning, as if a switch flicked, initiating a flood of brightness.’
    • ‘The move to sue comes despite concerted action to tackle bullying in schools in the past few years, including a national anti-bullying network.’
    • ‘For those who haven't seen/read the play, this comes near the end when, alone and rejected, Harry has knocked over all of the chess pieces.’
    • ‘It comes near the end of the track, pretty much in the outro, and it adds a cool other layer to the whole mess that's going on.’
    • ‘It's available right now while stocks last, or until the black helicopters arrive - whichever comes soonest.’
    • ‘The week passed, and the week when her father was supposed to arrive finally came.’
    • ‘But then the real ‘boom’ is the demand for public appearances that comes as a boon for stars like him.’
    • ‘The news, conveyed to customers by letter, comes as a blow to communities in areas like Cross Hills, where local amenities are heavily relied upon.’
    • ‘This comes as a huge blow to the night scene - we have lost the venue that brought us our first ever 16-hour parties!’
    • ‘This comes as a blow for many residents who could suffer difficulties travelling to alternative branches and may find that they are overcrowded.’
    • ‘This comes as a great blow to Yorkshire, who have temporarily installed the shop in the new indoor centre, a place it cannot remain when all the nets are in full use.’
    • ‘Getting up is bad enough but when it comes after rolling over onto something cold and slimy it's just all kinds of bad.’
    • ‘Every such situation, every routine, is but an illusion, and he who is tempted to believe in it will not be prepared for the blow when it comes.’
    • ‘But the pinnacle of her singles career came when she reached the semi-finals of the French Open last month.’
    • ‘But this scene, coming as close to the closing moments of the film as it does, confuses things.’
    happen, occur, take place, come about, transpire, fall, present itself, crop up, materialize, arise, arrive, appear, surface, ensue, follow
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    1. 2.1Be heard, perceived, or experienced.
      ‘a voice came from the kitchen’
      • ‘it came as a great shock’
      • ‘“No,” came the reply’
      • ‘This came as a total surprise to her as she was not aware that the class had proposed her for the flowers.’
      • ‘There's simply nowhere to put the patients but it came as a surprise when we heard that adults were being put in with the children's ward.’
      • ‘I have been burgled four times before so it came as no surprise to me when I heard the news although it was still shocking.’
      • ‘The conviction, which means I can no longer practice law, came as a total surprise.’
      • ‘This came as a surprise after my wife's experience with it last week.’
      • ‘So the discovery that he gave a short, sharp bark whenever his name is mentioned and a long loud howl whenever he hears applause came as a shock.’
      • ‘The dramatic admission came as the court heard the first forensic evidence in the case.’
      • ‘The admission came as the court heard the first forensic evidence in the case.’
      • ‘So it came as quite a blow to hear that he was leaving.’
      • ‘It came as such a shock, and our worlds literally fell in.’
      • ‘This came as quite a shock, and a fairly unwelcome one.’
      • ‘This came as a surprise to the British Chambers of Commerce.’
      • ‘He said he was aware of Ben's work but it came as a major surprise to him that the artist was now living in County Galway.’
      • ‘What happened was horrendous and came as a very big shock.’
      • ‘So it came as something of a surprise that the dawn of the new Millennium brought nothing but catastrophe and confusion to the aerospace giant.’
      • ‘Like others, I found the ending frustrating, but it came as a relief too.’
      • ‘‘It came as a big shock at the time, but it gave us the shove we needed to set up our own business,’ said Sue.’
      • ‘It came as no surprise to me that this woman's music is deep and emotionally honest, just like her name.’
      • ‘After two false labours, it came as a relief for all of us.’
      • ‘Her death at the age of 56 came as a shock; she'd recently been touring in Europe and had been planning a US tour.’
    2. 2.2(of a quality) become apparent or noticeable through actions or performance.
      • ‘as an actor your style and personality must come through’
      be communicated, be perceived, penetrate, get through, get across, be got across, be clear, be understood, be comprehended, register, be taken in, sink in, be grasped, strike home
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    3. 2.3come across or British over or US off(of a person) appear or sound in a specified way; give a specified impression.
      ‘he'd always come across as a decent guy’
      • ‘As a result, our songs tend to come across as sounding looser than they actually are.’
      • ‘Indeed, compared to their Hollywood counterparts, most of the cartoon fish come across as rather dull, failing to make a real impression.’
      • ‘While they appear to be normal - they come across as somewhat false.’
      • ‘After all, I appeared to be a bookworm sort of fellow trying to come across as tough.’
      • ‘To come across as being an intellectual, one should appear to be very well-read.’
      • ‘When all is said and done, they come across as a rock 'n' roll Motown wall of sound.’
      • ‘Hence, some of the lines don't come across as winsome as they might otherwise have appeared.’
      • ‘I didn't want to come across as patronising, but I did.’
      • ‘If you introduce a pre-show element, be sure it relates to the show and doesn't come across as a cheap marketing gimmick.’
      • ‘It's true that blogs can be a useful tool for exploring and expressing ideas, and that they come across as relatively dynamic in today's circumstances.’
      • ‘I know some of this opinion may come across as very strong, but it is something I feel so strongly about and it is something which I carry around with me everyday of my life.’
      • ‘But he actively engaged in bureaucratic ploys so he could come across as the loyal soldier and cover his tracks.’
      • ‘Her character didn't come across as compassionate and concerned, except in how it directly influenced her.’
      • ‘Many, however, come across as parodies of the cheerfully uninformed American undergraduate.’
      • ‘I hope that I didn't come across as hostile or anything.’
      • ‘This puzzles me since I'm told I'm not unattractive and I think I come across as friendly.’
      • ‘They are also blissfully unaware that, to serious thinkers, they come across as the kids we hated in high school.’
      • ‘I expect it would come across as a very cold, blustery place, but yet with this sort of eerie beauty of Saturn in the sky.’
      • ‘But those in control, although they want to come across as one of the common people, aren't prepared to give up their handle on power.’
      • ‘But quite a few of the others come across as frivolous, apathetic, foolish or all of the above.’
      seem, appear, look, sound, give the impression of being, have the air of being, have the appearance of being, strike someone as, look as though one is, look to be
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    4. 2.4(of a thought or memory) enter one's mind.
      ‘the basic idea came to me while reading an article’
      • ‘a passage from a novel came back to Adam’
      • ‘The memory of this came unbidden into my mind when I read recently in the papers that beaches for dogs are one of the latest crazes.’
      • ‘As the building grew larger and larger with our approach, the thought came unbidden to my mind.’
      • ‘A reflection came across her mind and the thought came like a slap in the face.’
      • ‘An idea was coming quickly to mind, causing his eyes to widen slightly in realization.’
      • ‘Here the Big Idea came first, and it's the product that's being invented after the fact.’
      • ‘So far, though, none of the progressive groups that come readily to mind seem interested.’
      • ‘She sinks into her bed, memories and questions coming forth in her mind.’
      • ‘I don't know what triggered this memory but it came and flooded my senses with remembrance.’
      • ‘Sentiment is not something that comes easily to mind when it could mean that silverware has to be sacrificed.’
      • ‘What comes immediately to mind is the Multiple Universe interpretation of quantum theory.’
      • ‘The image that comes most readily to mind is that of a kettle failing to boil because the lid's been left off.’
      • ‘I've been trying to think of a slang term for garbage overproducer, but not much comes immediately to mind.’
      • ‘It is the memory that comes even as we walk right now, here on this bend.’
      • ‘These are just the ones that come immediately to mind at 6 a.m. after no sleep, I might add.’
      • ‘I am sure there are others - the above list are just those that come readily to mind.’
      • ‘And the one which comes immediately to mind, is the current rigidity in the issuance of visas to would-be tourists.’
      • ‘The blush only doubled after his speech, imagines coming unbidden to her mind.’
      • ‘Avuncular is the word that comes most readily to mind.’
      • ‘Kafka's story The Hunger Artist, the tale of an artist whose medium is public fasting, comes most vividly to mind.’
      • ‘Yes, it came to me on a train going from Manchester to London in England and it came very suddenly.’
  • 3Take or occupy a specified position in space, order, or priority.

    ‘prisons come far down the list of priorities’
    • ‘I make sure my kids come first’
    • ‘Had I ever to garden in a limited space, two plants that would come high on my priority list would be green beans and garlic.’
    1. 3.1Achieve a specified place in a race or contest.
      ‘she came second among sixty contestants’
      • ‘If you come second in a race, you try harder, so that next time you win.’
      • ‘The American firm of architects which came second in the race is also among one of seven teams up for the job.’
      • ‘I am thinking of someone like our kayaker in the Olympics, who came second in his race.’
      • ‘Teachers had teams in certain races and unflinchingly came last every single time.’
      • ‘I entered the contest and came second in the local finals.’
      • ‘Two: the worst thing that can possibly befall a contrada is for its horse to come second; coming last is nothing in comparison.’
      • ‘If it comes second you only get the winnings you would have earned if you'd only bet on it to place.’
      • ‘Their next game will be on the 24th or 25th depending on whether they come first or second in Group A.’
      • ‘They have so much respect for writers, even ones that don't come first or second.’
      • ‘We had three animals in two classes and they came first, second and third in both classes.’
      • ‘Any athlete who comes first, second or third in more than one event should tell the announcer their preference for selection before the end of the meeting.’
      • ‘All those children who came first, second and third in the local athletics event have qualified for the county final.’
      • ‘Luddenden came second last year and third the year before, so villagers are hopeful they are moving nearer to taking top spot.’
  • 4Pass into a specified state, especially one of separation or disunion.

    ‘his shirt had come undone’
    • ‘The box didn't so much open as separate, coming apart into two pieces that barely looked like they'd fit together.’
    • ‘So it came to pass that life is coming apart - and just when I needed it to stay together.’
    • ‘It seemed to be coming apart, and that seemed to, if anything, spur the negotiations.’
    • ‘My own bathing attire is coming apart at the hip-side seam.’
    • ‘Just when they seemed to be coming apart at the seams, they struck a purple patch and put Wicklow asleep with some wonderful football.’
    • ‘I look at myself and wonder if I'm coming apart at the seams.’
    • ‘As a result, traditional systems of helping the aged are coming apart.’
    • ‘The infamous discipline seems to be coming apart at the seams.’
    • ‘This film shows the family, especially the dad, coming apart at the seams.’
    • ‘She is coming apart, the way a braid does when one has been swimming a long time.’
    • ‘His mind remains sharp, even if his body, in its ninth decade, is slowly coming apart.’
    • ‘That annoying, ugly, trick gold lamp that comes apart in the middle when you pick it up has been the scourge of my family for years.’
    • ‘It's all very much more fragile, and could so easily come apart.’
    • ‘Both men suffered facial injuries and one needed surgery to stitch together a piece of skin that had come apart from the left side of his nose.’
    • ‘There is no seismic movement; the fabric of reality doesn't suddenly come apart at the seams.’
    • ‘It came apart easily, was as boneless as it could be but was a little dry on the outside.’
    • ‘It is very cool because the patented fastener is a yin yang symbol that comes apart but holds securely.’
    • ‘Moreover, in the Homeric there exists an acute and graphic sense of how things work, are put together, come apart.’
    • ‘Like his mother and his grandmother, he combed his hair day after day, collecting the hair that came loose.’
    • ‘Things went well until we walked to the jet to preflight and saw the left main tire had started coming apart.’
    break up, fall to bits, fall to pieces, come to bits, come to pieces, disintegrate, splinter, come unstuck, crumble, separate, split, tear, collapse, dissolve
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    1. 4.1come to/intoReach or be brought to a specified situation or result.
      ‘you will come to no harm’
      • ‘staff who come into contact with the public’
      • ‘Grandparents on both sides can also be brought in to help the parents come to a shared care situation.’
      • ‘After evaluating ratings of articles by medical editors and narrowing the field, the staff must come to agreement on a single entry.’
      • ‘That resulted in the judge coming to a different conclusion.’
      • ‘As projects come to completion, all results must be published and there must be no publication without peer review.’
      • ‘The situation's coming to a head, and he doesn't have many more chances to stall the inevitable.’
      • ‘However in their earnestness to achieve optimum results some voluntary organisations tend to lose direction, often resulting in their efforts coming to a nought.’
      • ‘We may be coming to a situation where whole families, grandparents, parents and weans are all users.’
      • ‘Essex Police were this week looking into the situation before coming to a decision on whether to contest the merit of the temporary order or not.’
      • ‘With the battle for Spirit Group coming to a head, results from the main listed player in the pubs sector may become of more interest than usual.’
      • ‘The lead up to Churchill coming to power was the result of the failure of the Munich agreement.’
      • ‘When it comes to a situation where parents' individual interests contravene public interests, there is a need to weigh up all the interests involved.’
      • ‘If it comes to the situation when it's up to me to make the decision, then naturally this will be taken into consideration.’
      • ‘If it comes to a situation where we believe there are organisations that have declared war, then we have to provide defences as if there is a war.’
      • ‘On the other hand, if the global conditions continue to push oil prices higher, the Chancellor's attempts to calm the situation may come to naught.’
      • ‘Did you think just two years ago that the situation would come to this?’
      reach, attain, arrive at, come to, make
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    2. 4.2Reach eventually a certain condition or state of mind.
      ‘he had come to realize she was no puppet’
      • ‘It is merely there for you to have in mind when you come to weigh up her evidence.’
      • ‘Through the practice of meditation one comes to realize the true nature of mind.’
      • ‘We might act on a preference about what to buy or do, and then come to realize that it was not worth it.’
      • ‘Only in the final stages of the conflict did he come to realize that the war was lost.’
      • ‘I'm coming to think that biting the hand that feeds me might represent a tasty alternative.’
      • ‘Few great players get to know links courses, though, without coming to love them.’
      • ‘Quarter-of-an-hour after the game was over, still out on the pitch, David was trying to soak it all in, coming to terms with the result.’
      • ‘The album, which was two years in the making, is the result of his coming to terms with many issues in his life.’
      • ‘The defeated ministers are slowly coming to terms with their situation.’
      • ‘In coming to terms with this situation, teachers need to accept the loss of some traditional deference.’
  • 5Be sold, available, or found in a specified form.

    ‘the cars come with a variety of extras’
    • ‘they come in three sizes’
    • ‘Whether the bulbs come in the mail, or from the local garden center, they usually come with instructions.’
    • ‘Different functionalities make it possible to do one thing much more easily or effectively, but they come with a smaller cost elsewhere.’
    • ‘The meals, which cost £3.99 each, come with a choice of four salads plus any drink.’
    • ‘There are only two of these houses, which come with garages, still available.’
    • ‘They seem to produce the best images and come with the best feature mix for a reasonable cost.’
    • ‘They come with a coppery glow in the aura and always bring transformation of the soul, if you will let them.’
    • ‘This is how I came to imagine some kind of film thesaurus, a little like the one that comes with a word processor.’
    • ‘In reality, only the mussels arrived, but came with a rich tomato sauce and a strong but not overwhelming celery edge.’
    • ‘Take out the material that comes with the thermometer and read it.’
    • ‘The build quality was up to scratch, the cars looked gorgeous and came, of course, with those pacy motors.’
    • ‘It comes with 25 activity cards each with two sides.’
    • ‘Internet radio may be growing, but it doesn't yet come with pictures.’
    • ‘Everything else comes with health warnings, so why not?’
    • ‘I take numerous pills and every container I open comes with a pamphlet warning of possible side effects.’
    • ‘The router is also a space saver and comes with an accessory stand that lets you position the device on its side.’
    • ‘It comes with two car-parking spaces at an adjoining property, and there is scope for extension on to the roof itself.’
    • ‘We order a pavlova that comes with meringue so rock solid and hard we would have been better off with pneumatic drill than a spoon.’
    • ‘The vehicles themselves are designed to accommodate up to four people, and come complete with stowage space for bicycles.’
    • ‘It came with two large orders of mashed potatoes and coleslaw and a bunch of biscuits.’
    • ‘The asking price for the building, which comes with adjoining ramp space, is $4 million.’
    be available, be made, be produced, be for sale, be on offer
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  • 6informal Have an orgasm.

    climax, achieve orgasm, orgasm
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preposition

informal
  • When a specified time is reached or event happens.

    • ‘I don't think that they'll be far away from honors come the new season’
    • ‘If come January, he's way ahead in the polls, Clark will be able to get away with this approach.’
    • ‘The grotto guide is a brilliantly jaded girl whose patience is obviously waning come November.’
    • ‘And, likewise, a Republican defeat now would only make them leaner and stronger come 2008.’
    • ‘And he predicted that the continuing fall-out from the war could prove crucial come polling day.’
    • ‘She would enjoy his young years and try to gave him a base foundation to work with come his adolescent years.’
    • ‘Imagine slipping this on come boxing day when the family comes around?’
    • ‘Saying that, the siege mentality that the players have displayed will doubtless be beneficial come Euro 2004.’
    • ‘It should be interesting come qualifying Saturday and hopefully in the race.’
    • ‘We can only hope for a repeat performance of last week come this weekend.’
    • ‘Five years may have slipped away since my grandad's passing, but come Saturday he'll be there next to me again.’

noun

informal
  • Semen ejaculated by a man at an orgasm.

Usage

The use of come followed by and, as in come and see for yourself, dates back to Old English, but is seen by some as incorrect or only suitable for informal English. For more details, see
and

Phrases

    come again?
    informal
    • Used to ask someone to repeat or explain something they have said.

      • ‘“It's a bit like Sherlock Holmes's dog.” “Come again?”’
      • ‘Madge looked blankly at her. “Come again?”’
    come and go
    • 1Arrive and then depart again; move around freely.

      ‘he continued to come and go as he pleased’
      • ‘We did not know when we can come and go freely.’
      • ‘We need to have doors in our walls with guards at the doors, but let's let people come and go freely.’
      • ‘There were no extra guards at the gates, and anyone can come and go freely.’
      • ‘Some have even returned to the fray for second helpings, while journeymen pros have come and gone like travelling salesmen.’
      • ‘I grew up in God's country, east Tennessee, and I have always come and gone as I please.’
      • ‘Dolly has come and gone, but the implications of her design have begun a new chapter in life, ethics and possibilities.’
      • ‘We're only realizing it now, just how long it's been and all the groups that have come and gone since we've been in this.’
      • ‘Some people are, however, going to be disappointed to learn that his chance at a Booker has already come and gone.’
      • ‘The great flood of January 4th has come and gone, and all the excitement over it has dwindled.’
      • ‘Others have come and gone, some even had a spell, maybe even a season or two in the sun, but few truly prospered long-term.’
      1. 1.1Exist or be present for a limited time; be transitory.
        ‘health fads come and go’
        • ‘Novelty events come and go and are of limited appeal but a good musical act covers a multitude and keeps the crowd happy.’
        • ‘Directors rise and fall, fads come and go, but cinema is just as exciting as it's always been.’
        • ‘Organic food is a middle-class fad that can come and go according to sentiment.’
        • ‘You can't force a style on people, and trends and fads come and go at different intervals.’
        • ‘In my years of experience, I have seen many language and programming fads come and go.’
        • ‘Like the yo-yo, the hula hoop, and the Mohican haircut, vehicle fads come and go.’
        • ‘Looking at all those illustrations, one can learn first hand about how fashions come and go in repeated cycles.’
        • ‘Artists come and go, gaining notoriety and popularity before heading off into distant horizons.’
        • ‘This is so because political parties come and go, but the nation remains.’
        • ‘Booms may come and go, but the analysis of the data must go on forever.’
    as — as they come
    • Used to describe someone or something that is a supreme example of the quality specified.

      ‘Smith is as tough as they come’
      • ‘‘We always knew it would be tough, but this is as tough as they come,’ he said.’
      • ‘He's everything a football player should be - he's as tough as they come.’
      • ‘He is as tough as they come and never gives and inch.’
      • ‘He is as versatile as they come and he has so many quality strings to his bow that he is well tuned up in every aspect of the game.’
      • ‘He's as big as they come, both literally and figuratively.’
      • ‘It's difficult not to be impressed by this outrageous concrete hyperbole, but he is as right-on as they come and says he despises it as a symbol of tyranny.’
      • ‘She had everything going for her - Olympic glory, good looks, personality, and as articulate as they come.’
      • ‘But then one of friends is about as fey as they come.’
      • ‘These lessons, these stories, are as essential as they come.’
      • ‘To give a little background, the Aunt - while a wonderful woman - is as nosy and as pushy as they come.’
    come from behind
    • Win after lagging.

      ‘Westport United showed admirable resilience and courage in coming from behind twice to book a place in the last four of the League Cup.’
      • ‘They are limping their way towards the play-offs after coming from behind twice in two games.’
      • ‘This team is pretty good at coming from behind and staying tough.’
      • ‘She won easily after coming from behind.’
      • ‘At Sandown yesterday, his performance in coming from behind to destroy a field of handicappers even had the bookmakers raving.’
      • ‘Naturally enough, they were rooting for the guy coming from behind because they wanted an exciting finish.’
      • ‘They continued their good start to the campaign by coming from behind to beat Buxton 2-1.’
      • ‘The aspect of that win which was most pleasing was they won coming from behind, the converse of some earlier games.’
      • ‘They were fitter and sharper and deserve enormous credit in coming from behind not just once, but twice.’
      • ‘Great credit must go to the latter for coming from behind to force the late draw.’
    come off it
    informal
    • in imperative Said when vigorously expressing disbelief.

      • ‘“Come off it, he'll know that's a lie.”’
      • ‘Indeed, she claims that there is an unspoken English rule that she calls ‘the importance of not being earnest’, along with a peculiarly English injunction to say, ‘Oh, come off it!’’
      • ‘Come off it, that's not something ‘worth remembering’.’
      • ‘My honest (and admittedly, somewhat cruel) reaction is ‘Oh, come off it, you're not that special.’’
      • ‘‘Oh come off it, mate,’ he said, because he is not only a hawk, but has a keen and impatient mind.’
      • ‘I can accept there would be a little disappointment associated with a camp designed for children's activities being cancelled but come off it, surely the child could make do with either the swimming pool or the beach.’
      • ‘Oh, come off it, it's true that they can be justly blamed for all sorts of devilish chicanery, but your presumption is crazy.’
      • ‘‘Oh, come off it,’ I said, when they started raving.’
      • ‘So everything I do, there's this little bit of me that's saying, Hey, come off it, you can't do this.’
      • ‘Well, I say hooray for the older man, too, but come off it.’
      • ‘OK, there are bound to be borderlines for teenagers - but come off it.’
    come to nothing
    • Have no significant or successful result in the end.

      ‘he is convinced talk of a leadership challenge will come to nothing’
      • ‘As a result another good idea came to nothing and another report ended up gathering dust in some warehouse.’
      • ‘But, overall, it was vacuous stuff, came to nothing, and fizzled out.’
      • ‘But this came to nothing and it fell to the French to pioneer international sport in keeping with their long diplomatic traditions.’
      • ‘Confidence was now high but a succession of further chances came to nothing.’
      • ‘As he talks, the grey-haired retired policeman holds his head in his hands out of sheer frustration that his views have still come to nothing.’
      • ‘That the speculation came to nothing is a result of different aspects of a goalkeeper's skill-set being of interest to different managers.’
      • ‘But constant failure to agree on anything meant all of this came to nothing, and now these opportunities have been lost.’
      • ‘As a result, ‘it becomes sentimentalism and comes to nothing.’’
      • ‘I'd hate to see all the work he's done coming to nothing just because of the generally idiotic circumstances that prevail around here when anyone tries to stick their neck out and do something original.’
      • ‘In fact, even if the writing comes to nothing, and nothing much happens for the rest of my life, I'm happy that I've changed from the person I was.’
    come to that (or if it comes to that)
    British informal
    • In fact (said to introduce an additional point)

      • ‘there isn't a clock on the mantelpiece—come to that, there isn't a mantelpiece!’
      • ‘In fact come to that there wasn't a car park as such either, more of a development site with vehicles strewn about across it.’
      • ‘Nor, if it comes to that, is there any justification in the way that executives awarded themselves multi-million bonuses while axing 170 rural branches.’
      • ‘And come to that how many people can get any of the fancy new digital channels - of the BBC or anyone else?’
      • ‘He now exposes the grandiose follies of Oxford University itself, and a few other universities as well, come to that.’
      • ‘It isn't that I don't like drugs, or his work come to that, it's that they don't agree with me.’
      • ‘But nobody should have their past held against them - or their future, come to that.’
      • ‘It's dead easy to make with spinach beet, or real spinach come to that.’
      • ‘Actually, come to that - when did you last see a Top of the Pops dressing room?’
      • ‘Well, the grannies and, come to that, the great grannies that I know are otherwise engaged.’
      • ‘I thought people would never stop carping about the green light business, or the parking come to that.’
    come to pass
    literary
    • Happen; occur.

      ‘it came to pass that she had two sons’
      • ‘As if to allow their predictions to come true, the international community has presided over the coming to pass of a deteriorating socio-economic climate for young people.’
      • ‘And tell him to take this opportunity to make sure that doesn't come to pass.’
      • ‘As it is still being run by a management team, not all of these things have come to pass although they they probably will when a new franchisee has been found.’
      • ‘But if such a ban did indeed come to pass, would that make the system stable?’
      • ‘And so it has come to pass, but in a rather different way than she predicted.’
      • ‘And there is an acknowledgement that the truly big occasions must be savoured to the full lest they never come to pass again.’
      • ‘The party's boasts during the last parliament that it had replaced the Conservatives as the main opposition did not come to pass.’
      • ‘That's a pretty hopeful view; it would be nice to see it come to pass, if only partially.’
      • ‘He suggested that it was likely I was going get an interview, and indeed that did come to pass.’
      • ‘And that's exactly what's come to pass - they won the war, then they seemed to be at a total loss as to what to do next.’
    come to think of it
    • On reflection (said when an idea or point occurs to one while one is speaking)

      ‘come to think of it, that was very daring of you’
      • ‘I'm not sure that reading his diary is such a great idea after all, come to think of it.’
      • ‘So I am a bit unsure if I like the movie come to think of it.’
      • ‘Very graceful it was too, like a blue bird of prey but without feathers or wings or talons or any other bird features, come to think of it.’
      • ‘And come to think of it most of the victims I have seen being carried home as trophies by cats have been birds, dormice and voles.’
      • ‘He would make an ideal jumping supremo, come to think of it.’
      • ‘He came on Wednesday, which come to think of it, wasn't that much of a surprise, given that he was due last Saturday.’
      • ‘And, come to think of it, the window frames look pretty ropey as well.’
      • ‘And come to think of it, he's one of the few singers around today that will still have a career in ten years time!’
      • ‘In fact I went through most of my fly box come to think of it.’
      • ‘And, come to think of it, I am unable to spend the day laying a new patio.’
    how come?
    informal
    • Said when asking how or why something happened or is the case.

      • ‘how come you never married, Jimmy?’
      • ‘I told him, ‘If we are not China and we are not Taiwan, then how come?’’
      • ‘He rubbed his palms together ‘Could you explain to us how come?’’
      • ‘Long-lost customers show up saying ‘Wow, heard you were closing, how come?’’
      • ‘He said nonsensical things like, ‘You're so many colors all over, how come?’’
      • ‘She frowned at me, looking disappointed, and he raised a curious eyebrow, asking, silently, ‘how come?’’
      • ‘He smiled faintly at Michael, ‘I don't mean to sound pressuring or anything, but how come?’’
    have it coming (to one)
    informal
    • Be due for retribution on account of something bad that one has done.

      • ‘his uppity sister-in-law had it coming to her’
      • ‘And anyway, if you really did it, I'm quite sure they had it coming to them.’
      • ‘Yet it is too simplistic to suggest that these raiders had it coming to them.’
      • ‘The international community, on the other hand, will say that they had it coming to them.’
      • ‘I stole a lot when I was younger, so I definitely had it coming to me.’
      • ‘The dialogue reinforces the mob suggestions: ‘There's nothing I can do, he's had it coming to him,’ says a barman.’
      • ‘Really, the subliminal message here is that this woman had it coming to her.’
      • ‘He did not look around, for he knew he'd have it coming to him.’
      • ‘But hell, it's not like the other guy didn't have it coming to him, being on the other team and all.’
      • ‘They had it coming to them, but does one wrong ever justify another?’
      • ‘‘I suppose I had it coming to me, though,’ he added.’
    come what may
    • No matter what happens.

      ‘they're going to make the change, come what may’
      • ‘The members were obviously rattled at the presence of residents and it was apparent that this proposal will happen come what may with no regard to local residents.’
      • ‘Claims that he was determined to call a referendum this Parliament, come what may and regardless of the five tests, were wrong, he told them.’
      • ‘Nevertheless a piece was required every day, come what may.’
      • ‘It's the arrogance that galls - an arrogance that she can afford to entertain because, come what may, the invitations to share what pass for her thoughts will never be withdrawn.’
      • ‘In other words, the rich countries have perfected a well-established state intervention programme to ensure that their farmers get a minimum level of income, come what may.’
      • ‘A recent torn hamstring followed by a dispute with her coach could mean she doesn't even start the opening 100m hurdles on Saturday despite her protestations that she will be lining up come what may.’
      • ‘When I started practising trance music, the main intention was to make people dance, come what may.’
      • ‘Don't enter training without intending to complete it, come what may (barring only the most extreme circumstances).’
      • ‘She is busy trying to find the basic cost of £600 to pay for the trip to Germany but is determined to get there come what may as she takes a big step towards her dream of playing in next year's world championships.’
      • ‘All this meant they did not have all their eggs in one basket, so when one section was doing badly, another would perhaps be all right and so, by dint of thrift and hard work, they managed to make a living, come what may.’
    where someone is coming from
    informal
    • Someone's meaning, motivation, or personality.

      • ‘George doesn't know me, he doesn't know where I'm coming from’
      • ‘I know exactly where he is coming from - there's no time to pander to people's emotions.’
      • ‘And as a result, I don't think the electorate understands where it is coming from,’ he says.’
      • ‘I can readily identify with where the Judge is coming from, because with solicitors being directly involved on the day in different cases that are listed in both courts the inevitability is that problems will arise.’
      • ‘You've got to understand where he is coming from.’
      • ‘I understand exactly where he is coming from.’
      • ‘It is becoming increasingly difficult to work out where she is coming from.’
      • ‘While I understand where he is coming from, I think his post actually betrays a misguided set of moral priorities across the entire political landscape.’
      • ‘Well, I can understand where he is coming from.’
      • ‘A handful of Latino-accented films on screens recently show a decidedly mixed picture of where Hollywood is coming from and where it thinks it's going.’
      • ‘So if you really want to argue with that, please, pick up the book - it's a good, quick read, and at least you'll know where Johnson is coming from.’
    to come
    • (following a noun) in the future.

      ‘films that would inspire generations to come’
      • ‘in years to come’
      • ‘He is a great player to play off so I'm just hoping its the start of many more goals to come.’
      • ‘He said the gangland murder could be one of the cases that police turn back to in years to come.’
      • ‘It was a great way to spend a summer afternoon and there is still much more to come.’
      • ‘We have a team of fine young players, who it is hoped can progress in seasons to come.’
      • ‘In years to come it will probably seem amazing that we lived our lives any other way.’
      • ‘Otherwise, it may be evidence that this is a bad deal and there is more trouble to come.’
      • ‘I think we may well find ourselves walking out that way quite a lot in the months to come.’
      • ‘Over the weeks and months to come, we will no doubt find out more about why they died.’
      • ‘Everybody turned up for a meeting to chat about the summer just past and the one to come.’
      • ‘Schools reflect what is in society as a whole and they help shape the society to come.’

Phrasal Verbs

    come across
    • 1Meet or find by chance.

      ‘I came across these old photos recently’
      • ‘It might be that you know from the literature that there are specific employers or companies attending that you want to meet with, or you might just come upon them by chance as you wander around.’
      • ‘So the courtiers arranged for the emperor to take a walk in his park, where he ‘chanced’ to come upon a ‘wandering’ giraffe.’
      • ‘By chance they come upon her in her hide-out.’
      • ‘He came upon the channel by chance when he noticed that there was a call-in taking place.’
      • ‘Police, calling at a house to trace a former occupant, by chance came upon a case of extreme hardship.’
      • ‘I came upon your website by chance and am quite impressed by the content and quality of your coverage.’
      • ‘There's also a chance of coming upon a riotous migration party - bands of warblers passing through.’
      • ‘The building itself was largely destroyed, but by chance I had come upon the entry way into the subway line on my first tour through the city.’
      • ‘Does it not mean making preparation to meet the things that come upon us?’
      • ‘I do need to know what things look like in the rare chance that I ever come upon them.’
    • 2informal Hand over or provide what is wanted.

      • ‘she has come across with some details’
      • ‘So if they thought she'd come across with some blockbuster testimony, they'd put her up there.’
      • ‘Whether we come across with little or much, the mere gesture can be a spiritually lightening experience.’
      1. 2.1(of a woman) agree to have sexual intercourse with a man.
        • ‘I had a date at eight with Holly, but she wasn't ready to come across yet.’
    come about
    • 1Happen; take place.

      ‘the relative speed with which emancipation came about’
      • ‘The amendment, which extends the recall statute to 10 years, comes about in response to a Congressional proposal.’
      • ‘The delay came about because the tunnel had come up short of a screen of trees, slowing the flow of escaping airmen.’
      • ‘Most of these shipwrecks came about by collision, by storm, or by bad navigation.’
      • ‘He, however, sees regime change coming about through somewhat more direct means.’
      • ‘Yet belief also comes about through direct experience.’
      • ‘This came about as the direct result of a fatality that happened here in the early 80s.’
      • ‘This additional post came about due to the refitting of the Lincoln store.’
      • ‘But what are the odds of life coming about by sheer chance?’
      • ‘The interest in marine biology came about when he was in college working in the steel mills.’
      • ‘This fallacy came about because of English painters during the Victorian era.’
    • 2(of a ship) change direction.

      ‘Signaling with one long shrill of his whistle followed by one short blast, he waits for an echo from the harbormaster, then comes about and eases his boat against the wharf of a two-story shed.’
      • ‘I came about and headed for home but my little boat didn't beat into the wind very well.’
      • ‘Lisan just sat there in her floating command chair, her focus was not upon the exploding ships but at the war cruisers that were slowly coming about and from the looks of it, they weren't planning on a retreat any time soon.’
      • ‘Starboard oars pushing and port oars pulling, she came about rapidly and chased after the Isis.’
      • ‘Five days more they sailed, eventually coming about to face northwest.’
      • ‘As the Lexington heeled over and started to come about and face the tanker fleet.’
      • ‘The command ship, designated as the Chasing Death, drove forward into the nearest enemy destroyers, who were coming about to meet them, along with the heavy cruiser.’
      • ‘As we came about, I heard a grinding noise and watched the mast lean over and fall into the water.’
    come around
    • 1Recover consciousness.

      ‘I'd just come around from a drunken stupor’
      • ‘On coming round, she called for a priest.’
      • ‘Just as the coffin was being lowered into the grave he came round and his cries for help were heard.’
      • ‘But as soon as I came around I couldn't resist a peek at my boobs.’
      • ‘After I came round from the op I wanted to cry but thought if I started I would never stop.’
      • ‘When Michael came round it fell to Diana to tell him about his friend Matthew's death.’
      • ‘Hope your friend comes around all right.’
      • ‘John Rusius, for Yasin, said the officer slapped the defendant across the face more than once and when he came round, he wondered what was going on.’
    • 2Be converted to another person's opinion.

      ‘I came around to her point of view’
      • ‘I thought at the time that the cartoon was the usual poisonous attempt to shift blame, but I'm coming round to the opinion that there was some merit in the cartoon after all.’
      • ‘The more he puts his case as superbly as he did last Tuesday, the more public opinion will come round as well.’
      • ‘I have a feeling though that, Scotsmen aside, at long last public opinion may have finally come round to my point of view, which is why I venture to raise the issue once again.’
      • ‘However, by the 1960s I had several colleagues who were great fans, and public opinion gradually came round to the view that he had been foolish rather than wicked.’
      • ‘The differences between the two sports far outweigh the resemblances - an opinion I came round to about a year ago when I first entered a squash hall.’
      • ‘Public opinion too had come round in favour of continuing broadcasting as a monopoly in the custody of the BBC, and there was no opposition to its transformation into a corporation at the end of the following year.’
      • ‘Public opinion is rapidly coming round to the idea that it was seriously misled.’
      • ‘When he announced his intention, towards the end of his days at Oxford, to become a rabbi, his mother accused him of doing it to spite them, although she came round quickly.’
      • ‘There's considerable evidence that the public are coming round to our way of thinking on a wide range of issues.’
      • ‘I am coming round more and more to questioning whether we need a set, when we should be getting back to examining what the text really is and how we can present it to a modern audience.’
    • 3(of a date or regular occurrence) recur; be imminent again.

      ‘Friday had come around so quickly’
      • ‘He said that matron provided training for new members of staff until the regular annual training came round.’
      • ‘Friday has come round quite quickly and I'm excited at the thought of being reunited with my family.’
      • ‘Rehearsals went by smoothly and lunch came round pretty quickly.’
      • ‘He believes his side will benefit from a week's rest and may yet prevail if they still have a chance by the time the last round of matches comes round.’
      • ‘The worrying thing about getting older is that it all seems to come round again so much more quickly.’
      • ‘He said: ‘We've got the June elections coming round so we are putting a big amount of national effort into that.’’
    come along
    • 1Arrive.

      • ‘a chance like this doesn't come along every day’
    • 2in imperative Said when encouraging someone or telling them to hurry up.

      • ‘That's our man, Watson! Come along!’
    come away
    • Be left with a specified feeling, impression, or result after doing something.

      ‘she came away feeling upset’
      • ‘But in the end the viewer comes away with more sensory impressions - visual, auditory and otherwise - than any clear moral messages.’
      • ‘The reality is that Dubrovnik is a little bit of everything, and each visitor comes away with a different impression and experience.’
      • ‘The Gazette is also sure that such an observer would come away with the impression that some sort of solution is needed.’
      • ‘The other impression I have come away with is that the Dutch are generally physically imposing.’
      • ‘All the guys that have flown the aeroplane come away with the same impression.’
      • ‘And I came away with the distinct impression that the Mozart Effect does not exist.’
      • ‘It was an amazing experience, and I came away with impressions that will be with me always.’
      • ‘This will be a tough grand prix, but we'll do our best to come away with another positive result for the team.’
      • ‘At the end of the launch, I came away with highly favourable impressions of the car.’
      • ‘We are going there to get a result but we will really have to dig deep to come away from there with a victory.’
    come between
    • Interfere with or disturb the relationship of (two people)

      ‘I let my stupid pride come between us’
      • ‘This film is all about ego clashes that couples usually have and how pride often comes between two people.’
      • ‘This relationship was unrealistic, and doomed from the outset, came between Wilde and his art, and became his ruination.’
      • ‘Nothing must be allowed to interfere with this work - nothing must come between them and their giving themselves utterly to it.’
      • ‘A couple in a relationship can expect any number of barriers to come between them.’
      • ‘Tragically it's beyond them to understand the instinct that will make even a domestic hen attack anyone coming between her and her chicks.’
      • ‘It is a sentimentally realistic account of a woman's coming between a man and his life-work.’
      • ‘We talked about the usual things, but there was something coming between us.’
      • ‘All this time the ex was aware of the connection we had made and was intent on coming between us.’
      • ‘It is always stressful when something comes between you and the person you love.’
      • ‘Almost nothing comes between me and my cricket.’
    come at
    • Launch oneself at (someone); attack.

      ‘he shot an officer who came at him from behind’
      • ‘You can even lift opponents in the air, swing them around and then come at them in a vertical attack.’
      • ‘One theory is that a fly cannot cope with two threats at once, so coming at it with two hands, from opposite sides, often catches it out.’
      • ‘He could see him coming at him in his sleep for weeks after.’
      • ‘I found him coming at me, and I decided to show him the outside.’
      • ‘But he looked up, saw a couple of lumbering behemoths coming at him and calmly danced past them.’
      • ‘Whatever, it's coming at us every day, on programme after programme, bulletin after bulletin.’
      • ‘It seems the only way to stop someone coming at you to do your harm is to carry weapons of your own and never mind the stupid laws that don't do any good.’
      • ‘That's where they controlled the game and they'd just keep coming at you.’
      • ‘Armed police called to a York restaurant had to fire baton rounds at a man coming at them with a carving knife.’
      • ‘The only future I can see is the drunks coming at you at all times of the day and night.’
    come before
    • Be dealt with by (a judge or court)

      ‘it is the most controversial issue to come before the Supreme Court’
      • ‘Preparations are forging ahead for a judicial review, which will come before a High Court judge in Swansea.’
      • ‘The application for possession then comes before the County Court.’
      • ‘It seems to me unfortunate that cases are coming before the courts regularly now which deal with these issues where the parties are still not aware of the approach taken by the Court of Appeal.’
      • ‘It is not the case, with respect to my learned friend, that this is the first time this issue has come before the court.’
      • ‘We must therefore always be aware of the substantive issues that come before the Court.’
      • ‘I appealed to the Federal Court of Australia and my matter came before a single judge of that court.’
      • ‘That could happen in almost every case in which a trial is dealt with at first instance and comes before a court of appeal.’
      • ‘I think the issue will come before the Supreme Court again in the next couple of years.’
      • ‘I have already said that the matter first came before a District Judge.’
      • ‘When the assessment came before the Judge the claim was under four heads of damage.’
    come back
    • 1(in sports) recover from a deficit.

      ‘the Mets came back from a 3–0 deficit’
      • ‘We lost our way last Saturday and allowed Kendal to come back from a goal down to beat us.’
      • ‘However, Coventry came back with a try from their centre.’
      • ‘It was an incredible turn of events to concede a goal after a couple of minutes and then come back in that way.’
    • 2Reply or respond to someone, especially vigorously.

      ‘he came back at Judy with a vengeance’
      • ‘There can have been little cheer as he came back at them like a pack of Jack Russells.’
      • ‘Chelsea had a good period early in the second half, but we weathered that and came back at them.’
      • ‘Park came back at Albion and took the lead through a well taken converted try.’
      • ‘We took control early on but they came back at us, and we could have let them.’
    come down
    • 1(of a building or other structure) collapse or be demolished.

      ‘we were lucky the bridge didn't come down’
      • ‘the whole ceiling had to come down’
      • ‘When the collapse started, the building came down so incredibly fast that none of them had a chance to react.’
      • ‘The police department knew that the buildings were coming down.’
      • ‘And the fact that one brick or two bricks are unconstitutional doesn't mean the entire structure ought to come down.’
      • ‘The old Victorian buildings have since come down amid plans for a business park which would create 1,200 office jobs, and a new sports centre.’
      • ‘There are still a few old industrial buildings to come down, but eventually the area will be a blend of residential and recreational facilities.’
      • ‘It happened this morning, and now officials are worried more of that building could come down.’
      • ‘They succeeded in knocking a hole in one wall, but still the building wouldn't come down.’
      • ‘Never in my wildest imagination did I think these buildings were going to come down.’
      • ‘Nearly 20 trees came down in a single building operation.’
      • ‘One survivor said the building came down in the blink of an eye.’
      1. 1.1(of an aircraft) crash or crash-land.
        ‘the aircraft came down during an attempt to land in bad weather’
        • ‘They saw some actual video from toll plaza cameras that recorded the aircraft coming down.’
        • ‘The two escaped with minor injuries when the aircraft came down in County Meath.’
        • ‘He is firstly seeking details of an aircraft which came down near his house.’
        • ‘The remotely piloted aircraft came down in the ocean, within the confines of the test range, west of the facility.’
        • ‘It was great fun watching people go grey as they heard how unlikely it was for anybody to survive should their aircraft come down at six hundred miles an hour into a mountain range.’
        • ‘A local recently told the Heritage Trust that she saw the aircraft come down in the sea, and later saw the pilot sitting on the wing waiting to be rescued.’
        • ‘I mean, there is no doubt that those two planes came down because they crashed into each other.’
        • ‘For example, when a helicopter comes down the whole descent and eventual crash is depicted in intricate detail.’
        • ‘He died after the aircraft in which he was travelling came down in the south of the country.’
        • ‘He used his cell phone to call his father who was the local sheriff and his father told him to follow the aircraft and report where it came down.’
    • 2Be handed down by tradition or inheritance.

      • ‘the name has come down from the last century’
    • 3Reach a decision or recommendation in favor of one side or another.

      ‘advisers and inspectors came down on our side’
      • ‘This exercise could no doubt produce different answers but, for my own part, I come down decisively on the side of the plaintiff.’
      • ‘I was very much of the opinion that it was definitional, but I did side with Jean in the second half of the debate where I came down against skulking.’
      • ‘The prison review group came down against needle exchanges because of an ‘unacceptable’ risk to prison officers.’
      • ‘I thought long and hard about putting photos in this blog, and eventually came down against it as a general working principle.’
      • ‘In our submission, that is not obvious from a reading of the various decisions of the High Court which have come down in favour of not disturbing such verdicts.’
      • ‘On 28 May, after three days of discussions, the British cabinet finally came down against Halifax.’
      • ‘I have come down in favour of passing the bill, and I have advised the Progressives to come down in favour of passing it.’
      • ‘He comes down in favour of a voluntary system in which family members can choose whether or not to pool part or all of their incomes for tax purposes, and he list various ways in which this might be done in practice.’
      • ‘But I have a really bad feeling that these people tend to err on whichever side comes down in their favor.’
      • ‘However, he comes down in favour of the company on this key issue.’
    • 4British Leave a university, especially Oxford or Cambridge, after finishing one's studies.

      ‘Jarvis came down from Cambridge with a degree in engineering’
      • ‘I married Ann when we came down from Cambridge in 1960, and we had a three-week honeymoon in Sicily.’
    • 5informal Experience the lessening of an excited or euphoric feeling, especially one produced by a narcotic drug.

      • ‘I felt like a raver who has just come down from an ecstasy tablet’
      • ‘We were later explained that this woman was probably coming down from taking drugs the night before and was experiencing excruciating pain in the process.’
      • ‘I heard tell that the smoothies may or may not be marketed as aids to coming down off of various illicit drugs.’
      • ‘The drug had worn off and I could feel myself coming down.’
      • ‘No one has gotten closer to the beauty and loneliness of the drug culture, where everything, finally, is about coming down.’
      • ‘This film's characters don't develop and, in a crystal meth haze, they never quite come down from their high.’
      • ‘New pillowtop mattresses, fleece blankets and moldable pillows await after you come down from your caffeine high.’
      • ‘Has the country come down from its collective trip down memory lane after last weekend's outdoor hockey extravaganza in Edmonton?’
      • ‘All in all, the night was nearly impossible to come down from.’
    come down on
    • Criticize or punish (someone) harshly.

      ‘she came down on me like a ton of bricks’
      • ‘One kind of crime the former drugs squad officer is determined to come down on heavily, he warned, is the pushing of illegal drugs.’
      • ‘It is hard to keep coming down on them in a town where there is nothing for them to do.’
      • ‘Consequently, the reaction - coming down on her like a ton of bricks - should be seen to express how society at large views racism.’
      • ‘It was not a case of us coming down on them because they weren't performing or any other issues.’
      • ‘It'd be good to see referees coming down on this like a ton of bricks.’
      • ‘And the taxation system favours big business while coming down on the small businessman.’
      • ‘I have never done ANYTHING wrong to these people, and yet they are coming down on me without reason.’
      • ‘The first time I heard of you guys, it was in an article about the police coming down on one of your shows.’
      • ‘I did come down pretty hard on her illegal drug use, so I can evaluate her response to that in order to gauge the rest.’
      • ‘It seems I have upset one of the more remote of my readers when I came down a wee bit heavily on divers using hard drugs.’
    come down to
    • (of a situation or outcome) be dependent on (a specified factor)

      ‘it came down to her word against Guy's’
      • ‘In my view the outcome will come down to who wants the victory most, and I feel we do.’
      • ‘But effectively it's coming down to where the teacher meets his or her student in the classroom.’
      • ‘If one listens to those in the industry, it comes down to who is getting the grants, and for what.’
      • ‘I think that it really comes down to what trousers you were wearing with the shirt.’
      • ‘It amazes me how some people can be so selfish, and that's what it all comes down to.’
      • ‘I guess a lot of it comes down to what you really expected to see when you entered the theater.’
      • ‘Given the soft ground, in the end it will come down to which horse is fittest and wants it most.’
      • ‘We had been told that in the last part of the race it would come down to who wanted it more.’
      • ‘The last federal election came down to literally a handful of votes in some ridings.’
      • ‘I had enough money in the bank to buy gas, food, and perhaps rent a dog sled if it came down to that.’
    come by
    • 1North American Call casually and briefly as a visitor.

      ‘his friends came by’
      • ‘she came by the house’
      • ‘Meantime, neighbors, friends and supporters came by the house to drop notes and flowers.’
      • ‘This one time my friends were all coming by and they were partying, and there were all these rollerbladers at the park.’
      • ‘He said, ‘I'll hang around here until my friend comes by.’’
      • ‘What if one of my kid's friends comes by without an appointment?’
      • ‘A friend from church comes by each Friday morning and takes me.’
      • ‘Planning for the wedding was dull for the first hour, and then family members and friends came by.’
      • ‘We have lots of family and friends coming by; my brother and I stayed at my Mum's house for much of that time.’
      • ‘So when you feel hot, you take a shower and when a friend comes by to visit, you wrap a towel around your waist and watch TV with them.’
      • ‘So, I mean, the last time I saw her was in October when she came by the house and appeared to be pregnant.’
      • ‘A young priest and family friend, Patrick, came by regularly to offer John and his family spiritual and moral support.’
    • 2Manage to acquire or obtain (something)

      ‘the remoteness of the region makes accurate information hard to come by’
      • ‘Bear in mind that good managers are hard to come by.’
      • ‘There's a gripping tension to it that's hard to come by in comics designed to be all-ages entertainment.’
      • ‘She took some art materials for the children, knowing that they are hard to come by in the detention centres.’
      • ‘The sides were well matched and with good defending and sharp goal keepers on both sides scores were hard to come by.’
      • ‘Fairytales are hard to come by, especially in New York these days, but the gift of hope brings a magic of its own.’
      • ‘Apprenticeships were hard to come by and for most of his classmates the only work available was in England.’
      • ‘Not only are some of these operating as local businesses, they are also bringing jobs and wealth to areas that find both hard to come by.’
      • ‘The precise details of such disputes usually are hard to come by.’
      • ‘He had been playing the flute for some time when he realized that high quality flute repairmen were hard to come by.’
      • ‘Apparently good knife-grade steel was hard to come by, and I had some of the best.’
    come from
    • 1Originate in; have as its source.

      ‘the word caviar comes from the Italian caviale’
      • ‘Inspiration for original writing comes from many different sources.’
      • ‘The origination of these messages should come from a central source close to the top politician.’
      • ‘Their informant was the landlord, and, coming from such a source, the information could not have been discounted.’
      • ‘I think everyone loves to hear how wonderful they are even if it's coming from an unreliable source.’
      • ‘The first is to increase the amount of energy coming from renewable sources like bio - fuels, wind and waves.’
      • ‘There are some excellent voices from Canada and they are coming from unexpected sources.’
      • ‘This is especially handy when your compilations will be coming from diverse sources.’
      • ‘It may be that there will be ten pieces of information, all coming from completely different sources.’
      • ‘Much of our source material comes from early versions of these same songs from the first record.’
      • ‘It comes mainly from building materials, oil-based paint, furniture made of compressed wood and personal care products.’
      1. 1.1Be the result of.
        • ‘a dignity that comes from being in control’
      2. 1.2Have as one's place of birth or residence.
        ‘I come from the Bronx’
        • ‘I have never been to Wales even though all my family comes from there.’
      3. 1.3Be descended from.
        ‘he comes from a family of artists’
        • ‘Linda was a bubbly, happy, cheerful girl who came from a big loving family.’
        • ‘A relaxed charmer with an eye for girls, he came from a family of gentlemen amateurs.’
        • ‘Angel is a very pretty girl, she's a hard worker and she comes from a richer family than most in this town.’
        • ‘I come from a family of three girls, and my dad had always said you can be whatever you want to be.’
        • ‘Over the last few days, students coming from well-to-do families are in the news for the wrong reasons.’
        • ‘Besides coming from a political family, she is a lawyer who has fought cases in the Supreme Court of India.’
        • ‘It's been interesting for me, coming from a family who has been in the sport so long.’
        • ‘He comes from a family of five, with two younger twin sisters.’
        • ‘My mother is French, and comes from a family of excellent cooks.’
        • ‘It is understood she comes from a musical family so we're expecting great things from her on the night.’
    come for
    • (of police or other officials) arrive to arrest or detain (someone).

      ‘She felt a slight panic rip at her, and she tried her hardest to play her cards right without him finding up the cops were coming for him.’
      • ‘Brandon was still recuperating himself at home when the police came for him.’
      • ‘Branded a murderer, the police would come for him and lock him away.’
      • ‘At the age of eight in a Moscow hotel she experienced how the secret service came for her parents.’
      • ‘The alarm had just gone off and several guards where coming for me.’
    come down with
    • Begin to suffer from (a specified illness)

      ‘I came down with influenza’
      • ‘To avoid coming down with the illness, he recommends that elders, the very young, or caregivers receive flu shots.’
      • ‘Imagine the scenario: you are in a foreign country, you do not speak a word of the language and you come down with some mystery illness.’
      • ‘By Friday night Lucy had come down with a terrible illness that kept her feverishly in bed on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.’
      • ‘This comes shortly after hundreds of people came down with a similar illness on a cruise.’
      • ‘Years passed, and one day the farmer came down with a mysterious illness that none of the doctors could cure.’
      • ‘It's the recognition that we all risk some day of coming down with a catastrophic illness or having an accident and it's a risk we want to protect ourselves from.’
      • ‘In fact, he felt positively weak as though he was coming down with some sort of illness.’
      • ‘And once they're infected, it's usually just a matter of time before the whole family comes down with the same illness.’
      • ‘And there were some pretty serious health problems that he came down with as a result of that.’
      • ‘I must be coming down with some rare and dangerous illness.’
    come forward
    • Volunteer oneself for a task or post or to give evidence about a crime.

      ‘two witnesses have come forward with information’
      • ‘no one would come forward to claim the body’
      • ‘None of his victims, who were praised for their bravery in coming forward and giving evidence, was in court to hear the verdict.’
      • ‘He also praised Mr and Mrs Brown for coming forward to give evidence.’
      • ‘He doesn't want to be telling them one story and then later on when the DNA evidence comes forward, have to tell them something different.’
      • ‘The present manager is resigning at the end of March and a volunteer has yet to come forward to take over.’
      • ‘He is also appealing for volunteers to come forward to help during the two days.’
      • ‘Donations flooded in and over a hundred volunteers came forward to help.’
      • ‘The police are quoted as saying that no-one came forward with evidence or identification.’
      • ‘This week she returned to the scene of the crime for the first time to appeal for witnesses to come forward.’
      • ‘So far no witnesses have come forward who claim to have seen people acting suspiciously.’
      • ‘But the woman never came forward to report a crime and has never been identified.’
    come in
    • 1Join or become involved in an enterprise.

      ‘that's where Jack comes in’
      • ‘I agreed to come in on the project’
      • ‘When I think of other players who I've seen come in on free transfers or for a million pounds or whatever, I'm not certain if they could handle the pressures that I have.’
      • ‘They would have won, had the French not come in on our side.’
      • ‘I've got to get a break and we'll come right back and we'll let Kim respond, and then Dr. Jones and Tony come in on it.’
      • ‘I mentioned at the beginning that he is the one commander of a militia force who hasn't come in on this deal.’
      • ‘Then they come in on the act and we try to finalise the list of televised matches as early as possible.’
      • ‘Twelve new players have come in on sensible wages and a handsome bonus system.’
      1. 1.1Have a useful role or function.
        ‘this is where grammar comes in’
        • ‘The said guy will get very upset and this is where my role comes in.’
        • ‘And I think where I come in on that is I've got to trust my president and his cabinet and intelligence and military people.’
      2. 1.2Prove to have a specified good quality.
        ‘the money came in handy for treating his cronies at the tavern’
        • ‘The boy must rid himself of doubt (a quality that might actually come in handy should he ever need to enter a voting booth).’
        • ‘Allow me a repeat post here, so I can prove to you that some idiosyncrasies do come in handy.’
        • ‘But that does not mean he will not come in useful for his defensive role.’
        • ‘‘The knowledge and experience I gained is coming in useful as I'm actually working in television,’ he said.’
        • ‘It's dark down here - the ice above is covered by a layer of snow, blocking out much of the daylight - so the torch comes in useful as David points out various ice formations.’
        • ‘Old washing-up bowls, for example, which will come in useful one day when we do some decorating, despite the fact that the last time I personally picked up a paintbrush was 1994.’
        • ‘And sometimes, those old habits of command come in useful.’
        • ‘And I tend to remember things, thinking they just might come in useful.’
        • ‘I knew her wisdom would come in useful somewhere.’
        • ‘Though no revolution in technology, it should come in quite useful.’
    • 2Finish a race in a specified position.

      ‘the favorite came in first’
      • ‘He either wins the race or comes in second place.’
      • ‘This is raising a lot of questions about whether he can stay in this race if he comes in third.’
      • ‘You don't have control over where you come in a race.’
      • ‘I decided to try and come in as high a position as possible, so every few strides became a race against whoever was near to me.’
      • ‘The fifth candidate came in sixth in the race for five seats.’
      • ‘The US were pretty confident of that race and they only came in third.’
      • ‘She came in ninth in her race and did really well against tough competition.’
      • ‘Last Sunday he became the only driver to record back-to-back top-five finishes by coming in fifth at Dover.’
      • ‘He eventually came in third and received a fantastic reception.’
    • 3(of money) be earned or received regularly.

      ‘Payments came in regularly until January when no money turned up.’
      • ‘For someone running a betting operation, is the volume of money coming in significantly greater than the regular season?’
      • ‘It is vital to the club to keep some form of finance coming in on a regular basis and the Club is indebted to all those in the community who have supported the Club in whatever way possible.’
      • ‘The regular cash that came in, each and every month, enabled people to feed themselves and to pay the bills.’
      • ‘Congress is increasingly a battleground on such matters, and elected representatives tend to cave to special interest groups if there is no money coming in on the other side.’
      • ‘We should have money coming in, in another 30 days.’
      • ‘So far, we've raised more than £1,000 and the money is still coming in and I'm planning to do it again next year.’
      • ‘We have tried to close the appeal a number of times but more money kept coming in.’
      • ‘The money is still coming in so we are hoping that the final total will be higher.’
      • ‘The lab's finances were in serious disarray but money was coming in - projects to put old movies onto DVD and transfer them to in-flight movies were underway.’
    • 4in imperative Begin speaking or make contact, especially in radio communication.

      • ‘come in, London’
    • 5(of a tide) rise; flow.

      ‘the tide was coming in’
      • ‘When the tide comes in the sea water rises above the little weir to enter the river.’
      • ‘‘When it rises, our tides are bigger and come in faster and there is more chance of people getting cut off,’ he warned.’
      • ‘The tide, coming in, had just caught the corners…’
      • ‘He said: ‘The tide was coming in and we had to carry on as waves lapped over our feet.’’
      • ‘We never found anything valuable, but we nearly got trapped by the tide coming in more than once and arrived home completely wet from having to swim from one rock to another.’
      • ‘Some flooding occurred in the Salthill area when the tide was coming in and the only people to be seen walking on the promenade during the day were some photographers.’
      • ‘The tide was coming in and people moved their blankets up the beach, gathered up their belongings and began walking towards the town.’
      • ‘Even then, at the beginnings of the 80s, that tide was coming in.’
      • ‘Once the tide starts coming in your time is running out.’
      • ‘The tide was coming in when the rescue happened.’
    come into
    • Suddenly receive (money or property), especially by inheriting it.

      ‘he came into an inheritance’
      • ‘Imagine you've come into a sum of money, such as a bequest or a lottery win.’
      • ‘What about the case of someone who suddenly comes into good fortune, perhaps entirely by his or her own efforts?’
      • ‘How he has changed since coming into his inheritance; you would barely know the man.’
      • ‘In addition, when you do come into a relatively large sum of money, you have to decide what to do with it.’
    come of
    • 1Result from.

      ‘no good will come of it’
      • ‘But the only result that comes of such haste is burnout.’
      • ‘Keep this guy as a friend, and if something more comes of that as a result of the friendship, great!’
      • ‘In my case they are invariably the result of carelessness and clumsiness, which comes of going to too many meetings and not making enough lemon tarts.’
      • ‘There was of course also the year that I found out what it was like to get pushed too far by other kids, and what sort of teacher responses came of acting like an intelligent psycho as a result.’
      • ‘Whatever comes of their efforts, we hope that one result will be a simplified, more transparent system that all the stakeholders in the process find easier to understand.’
      • ‘And really, not much came of those trials because they were so small and the results weren't all that significant.’
      • ‘Nothing came of the resultant free-kick.’
      • ‘He takes the resulting corner but nothing comes of it.’
      1. 1.1Be descended from.
        ‘she came of Neapolitan stock’
        • ‘Katie comes of a family long associated with Irish music, the most famous of them being her great grand uncle Dame Normanly, of Bellaghy, who was the most famous violinist in all Connacht in his time.’
        • ‘His paternal family comes of a long line of priests.’
        • ‘He came of London mercantile stock, went to Oxford but socialised too much to take a degree, and married the daughter of Field-Marshall Lord Chetwode.’
        • ‘They came of gentry stock, and their father exhibited one of the occasional weaknesses of that origin - an incurable optimism in money matters which left him penniless.’
        • ‘Chaucer, who came of London merchant stock, grew up in aristocratic and royal circles, and he was one of the most lionized and richly rewarded poets of any age.’
        • ‘He came of an impoverished farming family in the inner Hebrides in Scotland.’
        • ‘To the surprise of absolutely no one, the results confirmed their earlier conclusion that snakes came of marine ancestry.’
    come in for
    • Receive or be the object of (a reaction), typically a negative one.

      ‘he has come in for a lot of criticism’
      • ‘It's good to see any part of it so nicely commended because it usually comes in for criticism and negative reportage.’
      • ‘Care homes in recent years have come in for much negative publicity.’
      • ‘After all, it is she who once again seems to be coming in for all the flack.’
      • ‘It comes in for so much criticism, I felt I must write to tell you about my treatment.’
      • ‘Despite its academic credentials, it comes in for equally vehement condemnation from the traditionalists.’
      • ‘He casts a jaundiced eye on all the major institutions, but none comes in for more criticism than this.’
      • ‘He is now coming in for criticism from colleagues, who assert that his absence is further proof of the leader's casual approach to the job.’
      • ‘But the bank is coming in for heavy criticism of its handling of the report.’
      • ‘The poor old supporters have been coming in for an awful lot of stick over the past few weeks.’
      • ‘He led by example in the middle of the field despite coming in for a lot of physical attention throughout the game.’
    come on to
    informal
    • Make sexual advances toward.

      • ‘he was a flirt, he came on to everyone’
      • ‘There is a lady at work who is constantly coming on to me.’
      • ‘They read poetry and talked until four in the morning, but she didn't think he was interested, because he wasn't coming on to her.’
      • ‘The three of us worked together and I was worried that I wouldn't survive working with him because it would hurt too much to see him come on to her.’
      • ‘One woman did come on to me when I was 19 or 21, when I was at the end of drama school.’
      • ‘Even more, I don't want to come on to her and end up making work a difficult place for her to be.’
      • ‘He came on to me, and before I knew what was happening, we were in the sack.’
      • ‘On top of that, she showed up at my house drunk and came on to me in front of my parents.’
      • ‘They really came on to me, with intense bedroom eyes and all that kind of stuff.’
      • ‘‘She seems to always be coming on to me, and it's really starting to get awkward,’ he said as he sat down on the counter.’
      • ‘She basically said he was coming on to her when he knew she was my girl.’
    come off
    • 1(of an action) succeed; be accomplished.

      ‘this was a bold experiment which did not come off’
      • ‘The warm reception that he received refuted those who wondered whether the summit would come off, or if it could accomplish anything.’
      • ‘Keane never hides on the pitch, and if one effort doesn't come off, he'll always come back for more.’
      • ‘Fowler's flicks do not always come off, but when they do, they inflict damage.’
      • ‘It is dangerous and, of course, it doesn't always come off, but this time it did.’
      • ‘It is as if she is striving for a kind of mythic quality that does not always come off.’
      • ‘No-one minds when things don't always come off and that also helps me have the confidence to do them again.’
      • ‘And it always came off well; he was so well respected that they greeted his little flourish with cheers.’
      1. 1.1Fare in a specified way in a contest.
        ‘Jeff always came off worse in an argument’
        • ‘Friends have advised me that, even though I might be a ham-fisted brute, I won't always come off better, and therefore, to curb my enthusiastic vigilanteism.’
        • ‘At a parish council meeting last Monday they said they wanted to remind owners that they are responsible for their animals, who would almost always come off worse in a stand-off with a swan.’
        • ‘There was also a tug of war competition with Trowbridge Rugby Club battling Wiltshire Fire Brigade and coming off the worse.’
        • ‘But she also said that the appellant always seemed to have come off worse.’
        • ‘The hooligans always came off best because they could damage you more than you could damage them.’
        • ‘At any rate, they crudely counterpose that sort of existence to the one led by her lower middle class family, with the latter coming off far worse.’
        • ‘Dogs going down burrows will often come off the worse for wear too, or may even be killed, as the wombat will crush the dog to the roof of the burrow as a form of self defence.’
        • ‘Upon reflection, I realise that I was indeed very lucky, as I could have come off far worse.’
        • ‘Compare the tale of the noble fighter to the tale of the snake, and see who comes off the worse!’
        • ‘A Japanese film crew also comes off the worse against Bob's wit.’
    • 2Become detached or be detachable from something.

      ‘a wheel came off the tractor’
      • ‘Trailing at half time it looked as if the wheels were coming off but a brilliant second half display put our title charge back on the rails and from there they never looked back.’
      • ‘Mr O'Sullivan said the wheels have been coming off the wagon over the past two years.’
      • ‘It's astounding how quickly the wheels can come off.’
      • ‘If the wheels can come off something, they probably will.’
      • ‘Boy, the wheels are really coming off the wagon.’
      • ‘When you're first starting off, believe me, you're wondering if the training wheels are coming off.’
      • ‘The wheels haven't come off, but it looks to me like the wheel nuts are coming off.’
      • ‘I did not realize that a tire had come off the wheel.’
      • ‘The slide came, the slope caught them and the wheels came off.’
      • ‘The front bogey wheel of the engine came off the tracks requiring staff to jack it back onto the line.’
    come on
    • 1(of a state or condition) start to arrive or happen.

      ‘she felt a mild case of the sniffles coming on’
      • ‘it was coming on to rain’
      • ‘The condition, which came on gradually from the age of ten, also affects Victoria's speech.’
      • ‘The condition, which came on gradually from when she was 10, also affects her speech.’
      • ‘It was a condition that had been coming on for years.’
      • ‘If your condition comes on every time you stroke the cat, find it a new home or stop patting the feline.’
      • ‘It probably is coming on, before the summer arrives.’
      • ‘Medically, the condition is described as a facial paralysis that comes on suddenly and has no obvious cause (such as an injury).’
      • ‘The condition affects both eyes and comes on very gradually, with little or no symptoms initially.’
      • ‘But even under those conditions, and the blindness that came on, he continued his scientific work.’
    • 2in imperative Said when encouraging someone to do something or to hurry up or when one feels that someone is wrong or foolish.

      ‘Come on! We must hurry!’
      • ‘Police encouraging her to come on, keep running, keep running to them.’
      • ‘‘Well, come on,’ encouraged Matt, smiling suspiciously as if he knew something the others didn't.’
      • ‘That's why I like you, you will always tell me to come on and hurry up with a review!’
      • ‘So far the response has been very encouraging so come on all you lads who might have been thinking of turning up; there's still plenty of time.’
      • ‘But, come on, the snapping mandibles bit's just wrong.’
      • ‘We better hurry before the tide comes in, come on love.’
      • ‘‘Oh come on; be a man,’ she encouraged mockingly, heading for the door.’
      • ‘‘Oh, come on now, time to get up,’ Genevieve encouraged, clapping her hands together.’
      • ‘I mean it is not wrong to be calm in a bad situation but come on, show some emotion.’
      • ‘Come on, if any situation was a condition red, this is it.’
      1. 2.1Said or shouted to express support, for example for a sports team.
        • ‘You put your pint on your head and shout come on!’
    • 3

      (also come upon)
      Meet or find by chance.

    come out in
    British
    • (of a person's skin) break out in (pimples or a similar condition)

      ‘Jason came out in a hot flush’
      • ‘For weeks after each match he was mentally drained, sometimes coming out in cold sores.’
    come out with
    • Say (something) in a sudden, rude, or incautious way.

      ‘a gentleman should not come out with those remarks’
      • ‘But miss her I do, for all the weird things she comes out with in her Scottish accent.’
      • ‘It doesn't last long but it's marvellous the things he comes out with.’
      • ‘You always wondered what inappropriate remark he might come out with, and what would be her state of health.’
      • ‘Having only spoken on the issue on Friday, I wondered what new information he was going to come out with.’
      • ‘There we were, on the steps of the state library, sunning ourselves, and he came out with that.’
      • ‘Few people would be able to get away with some of the cracks he came out with!’
      • ‘He came out with so many good lines and injected much needed humour into it.’
      • ‘He was already embarrassed enough coming out with all that cheesy stuff.’
      • ‘She makes me laugh with the things she comes out with.’
      • ‘It was the way he came out with all these things while keeping a perfectly deadpan face that got her.’
    come out
    • 1(of a fact) emerge; become known.

      ‘it came out that the accused had illegally registered to vote’
      • ‘Somehow it came out that he was seventy years old, a fact that my father repeated politely for my mother and me.’
      • ‘Mid-April, it came out that the contract had gone $60 million over an $180 million budget.’
      • ‘But we all said our piece, and then it just came out that heck, this is business, and we treat all our clients and customers with respect, right?’
      • ‘This was before it came out that he had only adopted a Liverpudlian accent in the first place to get a job with a radio station in Oklahoma, where all Brits were expected to sound like the Beatles.’
      • ‘But later that weekend, it came out that everyone was enamoured with a piece of land near Fairlie, so sights had been set, plans had to be made.’
      • ‘And the word came out that everyone not in should stay away, and that those who were in should stay in the office as it was safest, and it just got more and more surreal.’
      • ‘She withdrew under a stormy cloud after it came out that she hadn't paid Social Security taxes on her housekeeper.’
      • ‘Then it came out that a wheelie bin being used by a contractor to store computer backup data tapes for five departments had been disposed of as garbage.’
      • ‘Then the news came out that he had been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, but he was going to try and make one more album before he died.’
      • ‘She says the system worked in this case because your case was reversed before it came out that these guys had confessed.’
      1. 1.1Develop or happen as a result.
        ‘something good can come out of something that went wrong’
        • ‘We have seen some fantastic results come out of this and now that we have funding for two more years no doubt we will see a lot more.’
        • ‘It's not as if a good result has come out of nowhere.’
        • ‘There is, however, one valuable result that might come out of the leadership campaign.’
        • ‘She said proposals to change policy or procedure in response to survey results will come out of the standing committees of the council in the next year or two.’
        • ‘On the contrary, the autonomy of phonology is one of the firmest results to have come out of the past couple of decades of phonological research.’
        • ‘They come forward fearlessly with the research that they have undertaken and the results that have come out of it.’
        • ‘Somehow, I don't think that's the only result that will come out of this before it's all over, though.’
        • ‘So there's a definite commercial value that has come out of developing the technology behind the torch.’
        • ‘One of the main developments to have come out of the past two decades was the realisation of the need to diversify the economy to other equally promising alternatives.’
        • ‘We are quite worried about this development as it has come out of the blue.’
      2. 1.2(of a photograph) be produced satisfactorily or in a specified way.
        ‘I hope my photographs come out all right’
        • ‘Very rarely does a photograph come out exactly as I viewed it in my mind.’
        • ‘In the 1950s photographs often didn't come out at all, or were so fuzzy that they were thrown away.’
        • ‘I tried taking a photograph but it come out as just a white blur in the distance across the usual city-scape.’
        • ‘Caterers go out of business; weddings have to be postponed or cancelled due to accidents and illness; wedding dresses get damaged and photographs don't come out.’
        • ‘The features which occur in the largest number of the faces photographed coincide and come out strongest, and give the typical face.’
        • ‘I'm not the best photographer, so I hope they come out ok!’
        • ‘There are two more in the eyes, but this does not come out so clearly in the photograph.’
        • ‘They all took some photos which I hope will come out.’
        • ‘The meerkats seemed to be posing for her, so I just hope the pics come out ok.’
        • ‘I hope they come out well enough I can just put them all up sight unseen at the end of the month.’
      3. 1.3(of the result of a calculation or measurement) emerge at a specified figure.
        ‘rough cider usually comes out at about eight percent alcohol’
        • ‘This complex calculation apparently comes out at £3.7b, a whisker under the mid-price for the offer.’
        • ‘The profit to income percentage comes out at 4.74 per cent.’
        • ‘They still have five or six million in sterling and US dollars and even divided among twenty robbers that still comes out at a tidy sum.’
        • ‘When the expenditure by other Government Departments involved with the Presidency is taken into account, the overall cost comes out at over 9 million.’
        • ‘As a percentage of gross national product, that comes out at 0.4%.’
        • ‘But with airport taxes the return fare comes out at £26.’
        • ‘That comes out at around £150 a week take home, and you have to try and live on that.’
        • ‘Well that's a revelation: Victoria's road-related death rate comes out at 0.01%!’
        • ‘When this was factored in, the actual figures came out as having one speed camera every 29 miles on the most dangerous roads, but only one every 35 miles on the safest.’
        • ‘Four thousand times even the low-end figure of $500,000 comes out to $2 billion.’
    • 2(of a book or other work) appear; be released or published.

      ‘lots of interesting books are coming out’
      • ‘The chain is confidently predicting that the book will smash publishing records when it comes out on July 16.’
      • ‘When contrarian books come out, newsrooms would do well to have somebody already suited up for quick sleuthing.’
      • ‘The Review started as a monthly, and now is published daily with an expanded edition that comes out once a week.’
      • ‘He has two children's books coming out at Christmas.’
      • ‘Clarke's book didn't come out until after the film was released.’
      • ‘Even though the collection of articles that appeared in the first two years have now come out as a book, the serial continues.’
      • ‘She appeared on the show when the book just came out.’
      • ‘It appears that when the book first came out it only cost about $29 or so.’
      • ‘Once back in New York City, the days turned into weeks, and I began to make calls to the publisher to inquire when my book would be coming out.’
      • ‘The book eventually came out at the start of this year with a Russian publisher.’
    • 3Declare oneself as being for or against something.

      ‘residents have come out against the proposals’
      • ‘She comes out against Democrats; you come out against Republicans.’
      • ‘Now he's come out against the new plan for electing these folks through a complex series of town caucuses and called instead for direct nationwide elections.’
      • ‘Residents have come out against making any special arrangements for the summer solstice celebrations for fear of attracting more visitors than the village can cope with.’
      • ‘In July the Sunday Herald revealed that the Scottish Law Commission was sufficiently worried about the legal confusion that could be caused by the draft bill to have come out against it.’
      • ‘You're the last one left who hasn't come out against me.’
      • ‘Instead, they have come out against such ill-conceived, ineffective rubbish as breed-specific legislation.’
      • ‘I'm not ready to come out against him at this point, as I want to look at his writings before I make that determination.’
      • ‘You have come out against an independent investigation of all that.’
      • ‘Local politicians have come out against the proposed route.’
      • ‘Lately even British crime writers have come out against her.’
    • 4Achieve a specified placing in an examination or contest.

      ‘he deservedly came out the winner on points’
      • ‘she came out victorious’
      • ‘This was a very evenly matched contest, and Crookstown came out the winners with the only score of the match.’
      • ‘Nevertheless these girls put in a great effort and deservedly came out winners on a score of 1 goal and 2 points to 2 points.’
      • ‘He wrote the commercial tax officers' examination, and came out second in the State.’
      • ‘It re-ignites personal belief, faith and desire in oneself to achieve and to come out winning!’
      • ‘Roy had entered some jazz contest and came out the regional champion.’
      • ‘Admittedly there have only been two meetings between the pair, but each time Clarke has deservedly come out on top.’
      • ‘The pupils came out deserving winners in the end.’
      • ‘The top two teams in division two went head to head with Six Bells coming out victorious against Crescent ‘A’.’
      • ‘The threat was clear and we managed, through a foreign policy that was realistic and vigilant, to get through it and come out victorious.’
      • ‘On Sunday morning the boys were ready and worked hard to come out victorious with a final score of 6-4.’
      1. 4.1Acquit oneself in a specified way.
        ‘surprisingly, it's Penn who comes out best’
        • ‘In my unscientific examination Garry came out quite well.’
    • 5(of a stain) be removed or able to be removed.

      ‘Really, the only reason I went through this to begin with is because I don't want to have to buy a new purse if the stains won't come out.’
      • ‘I have it all gummed up with stain remover right now and before I go to bed, I'm going to pray one more time that the stain will come out.’
      • ‘I went to the local convenience store and got a bottle with bleach alternative, and all of the stains came out!’
      • ‘Despite her best efforts, the stain didn't come out, and Josh was only left with a large wet mark that drew more attention than the stain, itself.’
      • ‘His self-loathing was like a stain that would never come out, no matter how many different cleaning chemicals you tried.’
      • ‘Even the toughest grease or ketchup stains will come out without effort if you catch them in their beginning stages.’
      • ‘If the stains didn't come out, it wouldn't be a big deal.’
    • 6Openly declare one's sexual or gender identity.

      ‘Then too, as more and more gays come out and live openly, they become more conveniently available targets for homophobes.’
      • ‘There are more gay and lesbian students coming out, at an earlier age, than ever before.’
      • ‘The new album has let her express her homosexuality and feelings about coming out, themes she's kept muted until now.’
      • ‘For years the now openly gay singer refrained from coming out.’
      • ‘Every openly gay man knows that coming out isn't just a one-time occurrence.’
      • ‘I have realized that being openly and proudly gay means coming out repeatedly.’
      • ‘In coming out, your sexuality is now freed - it's not disguised.’
      • ‘There is a sense among gay men and lesbians that they can come out to family members but still cannot do so in public.’
      • ‘For me, coming out meant that I was an openly gay person in the lives of all who knew me.’
      • ‘However, the source adds that they might never be able to come out publicly as a couple because the man is a footballer.’
    • 7British dated (of a young upper-class woman) make one's debut in society.

    come over
    • 1(of a feeling or manner) begin to affect (someone)

      ‘a great weariness came over me’
      • ‘But a sense of disquiet came over me when he began his exertions.’
      • ‘But then a queasy expression came over him and he began to fidget around.’
      • ‘Right about then a new feeling began to come over me.’
      • ‘A drowning sensation began to come over me, purely as a result of the way my throat began choking up, and my eyes became glazed over with liquid.’
      • ‘She fell back onto the floor, and began to let darkness come over her.’
      • ‘She winced slightly and glanced regretfully down at the soda in her hand as a familiar feeling began to come over her.’
      • ‘An uneasy feeling began to come over him as he sat up straight in his bed.’
      • ‘A most uncomfortable feeling came over me then, starting at the back of my neck and continuing down through my spine.’
      • ‘An uncomfortable moment came over the people in the room, a sense of collective shame.’
      • ‘He looked up, surprised at first, and then something uncomfortable came over his face.’
    • 2Change to another side or point of view.

      ‘a former star pitcher for the Braves, he came over to the Yankees near the end of his career’
      • ‘Even my parents have come over to the plastic side, with their fibre optic tree and tasteful glow-in-the-dark cherub ornaments.’
      • ‘She has come over to the dark side.’
      • ‘Improbably, they even got one Republican to come over to their side.’
      • ‘There have been indications in government circles that the Department of Health may be coming over to his view.’
      • ‘They play on their own existing fears and those of others to attempt to get them to come over to their side; the fewer people who accept the new information, the easier it is to invalidate.’
      • ‘But those rescued battery hens - a little bit like myself - have come over to the right side.’
      • ‘The waiting forces are awed by his majesty and come over to his side.’
      • ‘There is a long history of sections of the army and even the police coming over to the side of the people during insurrections.’
      • ‘You should get over them too, and come over to my side.’
      • ‘I thought that they did not take it as seriously as rumor said they did, or else that they would see the justice of our cause and come over to our side at once.’
    come to
    • 1also come to oneselfRecover consciousness.

      • ‘I came to as a ship rose up on the stage and men in kilts marched about for the ‘Sailing’ finale.’
    • 2(of an expense) reach in total; amount to.

      ‘he hasn't the least idea of how much it will come to’
      • ‘Free connection has been replaced with an upfront charge, so 12 months online comes to a total bill of €400.’
      • ‘Our total bill came to 35.20 leva for three of us including beers.’
      • ‘The total bill came to £35.30, which is excellent value for quality food.’
      • ‘In total his bill came to about £60 and he left a generous £80 tip to the three staff serving him.’
      • ‘The total bill came to nearly £8 billion and there were very real fears that the capital backers would be wiped out.’
      • ‘Together with the drinks, the total bill came to £37.50-and we added a generous tip.’
      • ‘The total bill came to a pretty reasonable £35 for an excellent meal for two, including drinks.’
      • ‘The bill in total came to £51.30, which is generally more than you expect to pay but the food is worth it.’
      • ‘Travel the whole weekend was expensive, coming to a total of just under £95 in the end!’
      • ‘With lawyers' fees plus the balance of the original bill, the total comes to almost $40,000!’
    • 3(of a ship) come to a stop.

    come through
    • 1Succeed in surviving or dealing with (an illness or ordeal)

      ‘she's come through the operation very well’
      • ‘He says they are all stronger after coming through the illness and nothing can faze them.’
      • ‘But they will come through this ordeal with honor and we will all be proud of them.’
      • ‘He said the pensioner had come through her ordeal remarkably well and was unharmed, although sadder but wiser.’
      • ‘The couple arrived at court together in a united front after vowing they will come through the ordeal and will put it all behind them.’
      • ‘Afterwards, the woman and her partner feel relief that she has come through the ordeal.’
      • ‘They are survivors who have come through a difficult situation wiser and stronger although undoubtedly sadder.’
      • ‘I think we can learn from this that there will be survivors who will come through all the evils of the world.’
      • ‘That win stamped him as a progressive campaigner and, although he faces his biggest test to date tomorrow, he has every chance of coming through it with flying colours.’
      • ‘But he also seemed very confident that the players he has used in the last two games have come through with flying colours.’
      • ‘They have come through the fires of war with their physical health and spirits intact.’
    • 2(of a message) be sent and received.

      ‘a telephone call came through from Number 10’
      • ‘While it may be historically inaccurate, as some are saying, and the blood and violence may be over the top, the message is coming through loud and clear.’
      • ‘Some of these messages are coming through mysteriously truncated.’
      • ‘The message coming through is that the public at large and businesses in particular are actually much better educated.’
      • ‘This is the message that comes through so clearly, and Paul Tibbets says that he probably has a lot more in common with those Japanese men who went to war than the young Americans or Japanese.’
      • ‘It's not worth it to try to specifically decipher his incoherent ramblings, but the message comes through anyway.’
      • ‘The most striking message that comes through the polls is that most Scots expect the parliament's powers to increase in the next decade.’
      • ‘That's the message that comes through loud and clear in the Labor Department data.’
      • ‘The message of religious tolerance comes through more explicitly afterward.’
      • ‘I'm on the ennui express, heading out of the city when the message comes through.’
      • ‘I wouldn't have anything to do with it if that message didn't come through.’
      1. 2.1(of an official decree) be processed and notified.
        ‘his divorce came through’
        • ‘A letter tonight declared that I am now divorced… my decree absolute has come through.’
        • ‘She's been with us since she was four months old; the official adoption comes through next week.’
        • ‘‘It will be a drug we will be looking at when it comes through the licensing process,’ said a spokeswoman for the Scottish Medicines Consortium.’
        • ‘She remained Mrs Picasso long after the decree nisi had come through.’
        • ‘Their final decree came through in October 2002, but by January 2003 they were a couple again.’
        • ‘I presume that when Official Information Act requests come through they will be released according to the Act.’
        • ‘The former boy-band star apparently wants to marry her as soon as his divorce comes through.’
        • ‘She went to the police the day her divorce came through.’
        • ‘Their divorce came through just weeks ago, after an eight-year separation.’
        • ‘Nonetheless, when he died of a heart-attack on the day their divorce came through she remarried a week later.’
    come under
    • 1Be classified as or among.

      ‘they all come under the general heading of opinion polls’
      • ‘For some time, one of my favorite places to eat has been a chain that I suppose comes under the broad classification of ‘fast food’ but not exactly.’
      • ‘Now Peter had to decide what classification he came under.’
      • ‘And surely complaining about the attack comes under the general category of ‘whinery.’’
      • ‘Judging by the blurb it comes under the general heading of an ‘airport novel’ if the back cover is anything to go by.’
      • ‘All these features are under threat from development and mismanagement, and their protection comes under the general heading of Earth-heritage conservation.’
      • ‘The other main arena for scientific projects and expeditions in the UK is archaeology, and this comes under the general umbrella of the Nautical Archaeology Society.’
      • ‘One of those ravages comes under the general heading of ‘tumours’.’
      • ‘Town driving comes under the same general safety umbrella.’
      • ‘These come under the general heading of product liability.’
      • ‘All three came under the general heading of ‘natural philosophy’.’
    • 2Be subject to (an influence or authority)

      ‘for a time they came under the rule of the Venetian doges’
      • ‘The transportation system in Bangalore will witness a major overhaul, with the bus service and the metro coming under a common transport authority, he revealed.’
      • ‘Is there any type of character, in your opinion, that is more susceptible to coming under the influence of the Devil?’
      • ‘However, the convention itself makes it clear that it applies to all situations in which a subject population comes under the authority of a foreign occupier.’
      • ‘Second, don't expect commercially available software to alert you if you come under the authorities' suspicion.’
      • ‘Early in the war, he came under the influence of a middle-aged alleged mystic, a layman who had taken a vow of celibacy.’
      • ‘He said his sister had always been totally anti smoking and drugs and it was not until she came under the influence of an older boyfriend that she started to change.’
      • ‘However, they remained independent until coming under French colonial authority in 1899.’
      • ‘The answer is that depends on whether the seller or intermediary comes under any regulatory authority and, unfortunately, not all of them do.’
      • ‘The child comes under the authority of the Greek judicial system.’
      • ‘Those who are weak, however, are more ready to come under the care and authority of someone who is stronger.’
      1. 2.1Be subjected to (pressure or aggression)
        ‘his vehicle came under mortar fire’
        • ‘The troops were hit by the exploding vehicle and then came under mortar fire, he told a news conference.’
        • ‘Urgent action is required on milk price as dairy farmers in the West are coming under severe pressure, he said.’
        • ‘There are six men in the squad, and five of them saw their marriages or relationships come under severe pressure.’
        • ‘The group could also come under pressure from the aggressive rollout of broadband services by rivals.’
        • ‘In the late 1920s, Russian writers came under severe pressure.’
        • ‘The aggressive consumer finance stocks continue to come under selling pressure.’
        • ‘Both vehicles came under heavy fire from a group of men who were apparently lying in wait in bushes on the side of the road.’
        • ‘The bill has come under severe criticism and is being redrafted.’
        • ‘If they fail to take account of local customs, they may come under attack from the authorities, competitors or criminals.’
        • ‘As an activist, he came under attack from the authorities.’
    come round
    come up
    • 1(of an issue, situation, or problem) occur or present itself, especially unexpectedly.

      ‘the subject has not yet come up’
      • ‘something must have come up’
      • ‘This issue just keeps coming up again and again.’
      • ‘I'm not even sure that I'd vote on the issue if it were coming up for legalisation in my state; there are a lot more pressing economic issues on my mind.’
      • ‘‘Ninety-seven percent of issues that are coming up are localised,’ he said.’
      • ‘It's an old thread, but the same issues seem to keep coming up.’
      • ‘He says the one issue which kept coming up on the doorsteps in the recent General Election campaign was the state of the country's health service.’
      • ‘Well, I wondered how long it would take to get the values issue coming up.’
      • ‘Suppose they want to meet with you about an issue that is not coming up at council because their councillor doesn't want that to happen?’
      • ‘And there are going to be a series of issues coming up in the Congress in the next few months that will test that.’
      • ‘The surcharge will come into effect immediately for new policies issued and for policies coming up for renewal.’
      • ‘One of the issues which keeps coming up on both local and national agendas is the shortage of role models, especially for young people.’
      1. 1.1(of a specified time or event) approach or draw near.
        ‘she's got exams coming up’
        • ‘The local branch's main fundraising event is coming up in the summer when five bikers will embark on a sponsored motorbike trip on mainland Europe from May to June.’
        • ‘After a hard day, it's off to the student bar to talk about the events of nights past and plan the events of the night coming up.’
        • ‘The events coming up this year include an art exhibition in October which helps artists earn good money for their work.’
        • ‘If you're not available to attend tonight but would like to get involved you could give the school a telephone call at any time and they would fill you in on any other events coming up.’
        • ‘Is there a referendum coming up in the near future?’
        • ‘There are two events coming up to keep runners/joggers/walkers happy.’
        • ‘A programme of events should, he believed, be targeted at fifth and sixth year students who were coming up near the voting age.’
        • ‘There are several other events coming up including a talk on water drainage, pollution etc.’
        • ‘But if a wedding or big social event was coming up, the trip to the barber's shop was essential to look their best.’
        • ‘We've got a National Conference coming up soon where these issues will be considered.’
      2. 1.2(of a legal case) reach the time when it is scheduled to be dealt with.
    • 2British Begin one's studies at a university, especially Oxford or Cambridge.

      ‘Bearing this in mind, many are disadvantaged in that they come from a background of under confidence on coming up to university.’
      • ‘Some freshers were so keen to get involved with the protest that they emailed her prior to coming up to Oxford at the start of this term to ask for ribbons.’
    come up against
    • Be faced with or opposed by (something such as an enemy or problem)

      ‘I'd come up against this kind of problem before’
      • ‘Female journalists approached her afterwards, saying how it was about time that someone had said something about the chauvinist phenomenon they had been coming up against for the whole of their working lives.’
      • ‘Our supporters would expect a victory, but it took us 60 minutes to break them down and that's the way now with all of the teams we are coming up against.’
      • ‘That's something I can always remember coming up against as a player after I started out as a professional in 1987.’
      • ‘The boys were not so successful, coming up against very strong opposition.’
      • ‘One of the big questions that we're going to come up against in thinking through the home media hub will be how do we get people to buy the devices we're talking about.’
      • ‘He also runs a successful retail consultancy business, helping to solve some of the problems that shops come up against.’
      • ‘He questioned whether enough intelligence was available to assess the number and capabilities of the forces they would come up against.’
      • ‘All the same, this is hugely damaging for him and something that he'll have to come up against constantly.’
      • ‘In fact, I've never come up against very many people who aren't willing to help me out a little.’
      • ‘Both teams came up against very strong opposition but both teams held their own and played some very good football.’
    come upon
    • 1Attack by surprise.

      ‘they could come upon us without warning and wreak havoc’
      • ‘Later, he had pretended to come upon her by surprise and she had given him a bloody lip that was swollen for a week.’
      • ‘The ferocity of her attack surprised even the fierce sea-raiders who had come upon this land from the north, and eventually she carved a path to where the banner lay on the ground.’
    • 2

      see come on (sense 2)

      ‘My previous entry dealt with coming upon a younger version of myself as the possessor of endless possibilities as far as the future was concerned.’
      see come on (sense 2)
      • ‘It was like coming upon ancient ruins in a jungle.’
      • ‘She tells us the story of coming upon a roadkill buck while taking a much-needed break from writing college papers.’
      • ‘Yet, from a reader's point of view, coming upon these sudden pockets of dread has a troubling effect.’
      • ‘And we walked through churchyards at night, coming upon little patches of graves that were lit by flickering candles.’
      • ‘It was like coming upon one cameo after another of large polished foliage framed in smoky clouds.’
      • ‘Imagine coming upon some road works being done on a one lane bridge at milking time.’
      • ‘What is the likelihood that a person who comes upon these non-professional pages will actually persist and try to find tourism-related information by other means?’
      • ‘He noted that cougars are often mistaken for golden retrievers and his best advice for anyone who suddenly comes upon a cougar is to stay still, make no noise and, if possible, try to back away from it.’
      • ‘When a chauffeur comes upon his rich millionaire boss's tux, he can't resist trying it on.’
    come up with
    • Produce (something), especially when pressured or challenged.

      ‘he keeps coming up with all kinds of lame excuses’
      • ‘This is a classic case of someone putting two and two together and coming up with 83.’
      • ‘This is all that they are coming up with and we all know this is totally untenable.’
      • ‘I'm quite excited about some of the ideas we're coming up with, but more details later.’
      • ‘We'll have to see what he comes up with, but the portents are grim.’
      • ‘It's interesting to see the system in action and the ‘decisions’ it comes up with.’
      • ‘I'm suspending all future planning until I see what he comes up with on the report.’
      • ‘I must stress that I haven't had the finished product back yet so I will have to see what the tailor comes up with.’
      • ‘The catalyst for the plot and exploration of these ideas is a cunning plan one of the trio comes up with.’
      • ‘I say to myself that whatever he comes up with, I must try to trust his instincts.’
      • ‘Let's put the machine back on for one more spin cycle, and see what we come up with.’
    come after
    • Pursue or hunt down (someone).

      ‘She could see William was about to leave but Charles came after him.’
      • ‘A senior Revenue official said yesterday: "Step forward now, because we will come after you anyway."’
      • ‘When the Egyptians saw Caesar coming after their unwelcome guest, they discreetly murdered Pompey.’
      • ‘I knew I had hit him with at least one bullet, but I didn't budge, expecting him to come after me.’
      • ‘"So, Frederick had seen you and come after you?"’
      • ‘This animal, it can wait for months without eating and it'll come after you.’
      • ‘I think he realized that that had affirmed what he had said was true, so that might be one of the reasons why he came after me.’
      • ‘She is terrified that there could be someone who could come after her.’
      • ‘I think they didn't come after him while he was alive, because he would have died rather than give it to them.’
      • ‘That is, his records will be far beyond the reach of those who come after him.’

Origin

Old English cuman, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch komen and German kommen.