Definition of come in in English:

come in

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phrasal verb

  • 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. 1.2with complement Prove 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.’
  • 2with complement Finish 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.

    ‘I have no money coming in’
    • ‘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.’
  • 4Begin to sing or play music with others.

    • ‘I found myself wondering when the guitars were going to come in’
    1. 4.1in 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.’