Definition of come off in English:

come off

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phrasal verb

  • 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.’
    succeed, be successful, be a success, pan out, work, turn out well, work out, go as planned, produce the desired result, get results
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    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.’
      end up, finish up
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  • 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.’