Definition of come in English:

come

verb

  • 1no object, usually with adverbial of direction Move or travel towards or into a place thought of as near or familiar to the speaker.

    ‘Jess came into the kitchen’
    ‘they came here as immigrants’
    ‘he came rushing out’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some people swear that he has never come near the left-field line, even to snag a simple pop-up.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘No-one would come near the fence because he would start barking.’
    • ‘Use your defense moves if anyone that looks suspicious comes near you.’
    • ‘Well, for one thing it's OK to shriek and run away from the ball if it comes near you.’
    • ‘He waited for a moment, making sure no one was coming and moved towards the direction the man came from.’
    • ‘The man had turned his head on hearing his name, and stood up, stooping under each ceiling beam as he came towards them.’
    • ‘When you're in the field, you only have to move if the ball comes near you.’
    • ‘The torch moved, came near his face and light shone over his features.’
    • ‘They fly or flee when we come near, scared that we might harm them.’
    • ‘If they get upset, they may become curious and come near the boat.’
    • ‘I just stared mesmerized at the advancing natural terror as it came quickly towards my home.’
    • ‘The men in the bar who had been so eager to drink with him now moved away when he came near them.’
    • ‘She braced her hands on the wall, getting ready to move if he came another step towards her.’
    • ‘If anyone comes near me, I'll just point to my shoes and tell them I'm wired.’
    • ‘The evil magpie watched in confusion, but didn't come anywhere near us.’
    • ‘They are huge, ponderous things that threaten to get tangled up and knock down anyone who comes near.’
    • ‘If a woman wearing it comes near me I start up uncontrollable sniffing behaviour.’
    move nearer, move closer, approach, advance, near, draw nigh, draw close, draw closer, draw near, draw nearer
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    1. 1.1 Arrive 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’
      • ‘When I arrived, she came outside with the help of 2 other guys who she works with.’
      • ‘The Brazilian comes straight from his French Open win, full of confidence but with next to no grass court practice.’
      • ‘Most of the guests and people who arrived came with their daughters.’
      • ‘Whenever you come and wherever you sit, however, you can be assured a pleasant dining experience.’
      • ‘The bill came and she reached into her handbag to find her wallet.’
      • ‘None of this puts you in a good mood, but when they came, the main courses weren't bad.’
      • ‘The woman from her place at her wall saw them come and saw them go.’
      • ‘I don't think he will because, when he came back to the club, he didn't come as a manager or a coach.’
      • ‘Meg and Jo wait for their mother, but she is late in coming because her train has been delayed by a snowstorm.’
      • ‘The second evening I came late back from work, the first time in six months!’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘People came to their doors and windows; everybody came and had a look.’
      • ‘Sometimes it gets almost to Christmas Eve and nothing has come and then suddenly it's there.’
      • ‘My prediction with the pizza was right and ten minutes after it came, she arrived.’
      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 coming Approach.
      ‘someone was coming’
      ‘she heard the train coming’
      • ‘I heard the rhythm of footsteps pound down the hallway, coming ever closer to the holding cells.’
      • ‘But, as he neared the ground, other instructors noticed that he was coming too close to farm buildings and a spectator area.’
      • ‘I could hear his footsteps on the pavement approaching me, coming faster and faster.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She knew she had looked away too late, and now he was coming closer.’
      • ‘By coming so close to earth, the gravitational field will alter its trajectory ever so slightly.’
      • ‘On the other, Dave is coming dangerously close to overstepping the line of acceptable behavior!’
      • ‘Otherwise, in my mind it would have been much too awkward, especially if he felt what she felt as he was coming closer.’
      • ‘He had that evil aura around him and was threateningly coming closer.’
      • ‘He shook his head, coming even closer until his lips were inches away from her.’
      • ‘This is what I mean about coming too close to something mean, nasty and permanently polluted.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The shape darted behind trees and through the shadows, coming ever closer to the failing glow of the cinders.’
      • ‘Stacey opened the door to the bathroom, looked out to make sure no one was coming near, and closed it again.’
      • ‘He opened his mouth, looking genuinely sorry about coming that close.’
      • ‘She swerved into a spot, coming dangerously close to the car next to us.’
      • ‘He must have warned them we were coming because as we approached the other two swirled around to look.’
      • ‘I do know an alert crewman had saved us from coming extremely close.’
      • ‘As police sirens wailed in the distance, coming ever closer, she called her boys off.’
      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. 1.4 Travel 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’
      with infinitive ‘the electrician came to mend the cooker’
      figurative ‘we have come a long way since Aristotle’
      • ‘This is the final so come and laugh at the ones that made it.’
      • ‘A reluctant priest came to his bedside, after Voltaire threatened legal action against him if he did not come.’
      • ‘Please come and read the links but don't provide any more hits than your own.’
      • ‘Then the people who did the road works came and dug the path up and found the fault.’
      • ‘So come and chortle, chuckle and giggle your way through a fun filled weekend with excellent stand up comedy and family fun.’
      • ‘So come and enjoy the event and let's all have a safe and fun-filled day.’
      • ‘They might have come and said strong words against Greece.’
      • ‘There were those investors who at least did come and started some ventures of some kind.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘What matters most is that the people who do come and read are enjoying what I write.’
      • ‘It is always a living Canadian author, who will come and be involved in events in the community.’
      • ‘And now you come and sit with me and look at our viewers and say here's the truth.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Please come and support the event, which is being held in aid of community care.’
      • ‘If you thought dance-film/video was all about music clips, then come and find out what else it can be.’
      • ‘Some of the people of Elderswood are coming, due to arrive tomorrow as witnesses.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Please come and support what will be a superb night's cricket.’
      • ‘People from every biological discipline you can imagine would come and present their papers.’
    5. 1.5with present participle Join someone in participating in a specified activity or course of action.
      ‘do you want to come fishing tomorrow?’
    6. 1.6come along/on Make 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
      progress, make progress, develop, shape up, make headway
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    7. 1.7in imperative Said to someone when correcting or reassuring someone.
      ‘Come, come, child, don't 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?’
  • 2no object Occur; happen; take place.

    ‘twilight had not yet come’
    ‘his father waited for a phone call that never came’
    ‘a chance like this doesn't come along every day’
    • ‘It came without warning, as if a switch flicked, initiating a flood of brightness.’
    • ‘This comes as a blow for many residents who could suffer difficulties travelling to alternative branches and may find that they are overcrowded.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The warning in Hull comes after months of violent and abusive encounters between local teenagers and immigrants.’
    • ‘The move to sue comes despite concerted action to tackle bullying in schools in the past few years, including a national anti-bullying network.’
    • ‘Yet all this came without the grinding regimen of tuition centres and coaching colleges.’
    • ‘The sounds are familiar and pleasant, but they belong to another time - a time that has not yet come.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘The week passed, and the week when her father was supposed to arrive finally came.’
    • ‘A feint can force your enemy to tie down huge amounts of forces to protect against an attack that never comes.’
    • ‘It's available right now while stocks last, or until the black helicopters arrive - whichever comes soonest.’
    • ‘It came only after yet another procedural skirmish about the agenda and the debate was quite chaotic and confusing.’
    • ‘But this scene, coming as close to the closing moments of the film as it does, confuses things.’
    • ‘Getting up is bad enough but when it comes after rolling over onto something cold and slimy it's just all kinds of bad.’
    • ‘This comes as a huge blow to the night scene - we have lost the venue that brought us our first ever 16-hour parties!’
    • ‘But the pinnacle of her singles career came when she reached the semi-finals of the French Open last month.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But then the real ‘boom’ is the demand for public appearances that comes as a boon for stars like him.’
    happen, occur, take place, come about, transpire, fall, present itself, crop up, materialize, arise, arrive, appear, surface, ensue, follow
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    1. 2.1 Be heard, perceived, or experienced.
      ‘a voice came from the kitchen’
      ‘it came as a great shock’
      • ‘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 conviction, which means I can no longer practice law, came as a total surprise.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It came as such a shock, and our worlds literally fell in.’
      • ‘The admission came as the court heard the first forensic evidence in the case.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It came as no surprise to me that this woman's music is deep and emotionally honest, just like her name.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This came as a surprise after my wife's experience with it last week.’
      • ‘The dramatic admission came as the court heard the first forensic evidence in the case.’
      • ‘This came as a surprise to the British Chambers of Commerce.’
      • ‘This came as quite a shock, and a fairly unwelcome one.’
      • ‘Like others, I found the ending frustrating, but it came as a relief too.’
      • ‘What happened was horrendous and came as a very big shock.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘So it came as quite a blow to hear that he was leaving.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘After two false labours, it came as a relief for all of us.’
    2. 2.2with adverbial (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 sort’
      • ‘I didn't want to come across as patronising, but I did.’
      • ‘Many, however, come across as parodies of the cheerfully uninformed American undergraduate.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 hope that I didn't come across as hostile or anything.’
      • ‘While they appear to be normal - they come across as somewhat false.’
      • ‘But quite a few of the others come across as frivolous, apathetic, foolish or all of the above.’
      • ‘Hence, some of the lines don't come across as winsome as they might otherwise have appeared.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If you introduce a pre-show element, be sure it relates to the show and doesn't come across as a cheap marketing gimmick.’
      • ‘As a result, our songs tend to come across as sounding looser than they actually are.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘After all, I appeared to be a bookworm sort of fellow trying to come across as tough.’
      • ‘Indeed, compared to their Hollywood counterparts, most of the cartoon fish come across as rather dull, failing to make a real impression.’
      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’
      • ‘A reflection came across her mind and the thought came like a slap in the face.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Sentiment is not something that comes easily to mind when it could mean that silverware has to be sacrificed.’
      • ‘I don't know what triggered this memory but it came and flooded my senses with remembrance.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The blush only doubled after his speech, imagines coming unbidden to her mind.’
      • ‘The image that comes most readily to mind is that of a kettle failing to boil because the lid's been left off.’
      • ‘Avuncular is the word that comes most readily to mind.’
      • ‘Here the Big Idea came first, and it's the product that's being invented after the fact.’
      • ‘I am sure there are others - the above list are just those that come readily to mind.’
      • ‘An idea was coming quickly to mind, causing his eyes to widen slightly in realization.’
      • ‘What comes immediately to mind is the Multiple Universe interpretation of quantum theory.’
      • ‘As the building grew larger and larger with our approach, the thought came unbidden to my mind.’
      • ‘Yes, it came to me on a train going from Manchester to London in England and it came very suddenly.’
      • ‘These are just the ones that come immediately to mind at 6 a.m. after no sleep, I might add.’
      • ‘Kafka's story The Hunger Artist, the tale of an artist whose medium is public fasting, comes most vividly to mind.’
      • ‘It is the memory that comes even as we walk right now, here on this bend.’
      • ‘And the one which comes immediately to mind, is the current rigidity in the issuance of visas to would-be tourists.’
      • ‘I've been trying to think of a slang term for garbage overproducer, but not much comes immediately to mind.’
  • 3no object, with complement Take or occupy a specified position in space, order, or priority.

    ‘prisons come well 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. 3.1 Achieve a specified place in a race or contest.
      ‘she came second among sixty contestants’
      • ‘If it comes second you only get the winnings you would have earned if you'd only bet on it to place.’
      • ‘All those children who came first, second and third in the local athletics event have qualified for the county final.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 you come second in a race, you try harder, so that next time you win.’
      • ‘Their next game will be on the 24th or 25th depending on whether they come first or second in Group A.’
      • ‘Luddenden came second last year and third the year before, so villagers are hopeful they are moving nearer to taking top spot.’
      • ‘They have so much respect for writers, even ones that don't come first or second.’
  • 4no object, with complement Pass into a specified state, especially one of separation or disunion.

    ‘his shirt had come undone’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It came apart easily, was as boneless as it could be but was a little dry on the outside.’
    • ‘It's all very much more fragile, and could so easily come apart.’
    • ‘There is no seismic movement; the fabric of reality doesn't suddenly come apart at the seams.’
    • ‘Things went well until we walked to the jet to preflight and saw the left main tire had started coming apart.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The infamous discipline seems to be coming apart at the seams.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Like his mother and his grandmother, he combed his hair day after day, collecting the hair that came loose.’
    • ‘His mind remains sharp, even if his body, in its ninth decade, is slowly coming apart.’
    • ‘The box didn't so much open as separate, coming apart into two pieces that barely looked like they'd fit together.’
    • ‘My own bathing attire is coming apart at the hip-side seam.’
    • ‘She is coming apart, the way a braid does when one has been swimming a long time.’
    • ‘I look at myself and wonder if I'm coming apart at the seams.’
    • ‘It is very cool because the patented fastener is a yin yang symbol that comes apart but holds securely.’
    • ‘Just when they seemed to be coming apart at the seams, they struck a purple patch and put Wicklow asleep with some wonderful football.’
    • ‘This film shows the family, especially the dad, coming apart at the seams.’
    • ‘Moreover, in the Homeric there exists an acute and graphic sense of how things work, are put together, come apart.’
    • ‘As a result, traditional systems of helping the aged are 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/into Reach or be brought to a specified situation or result.
      ‘you will come to no harm’
      ‘staff who come into contact with the public’
      ‘the vehicle came to rest against a traffic signal’
      • ‘Grandparents on both sides can also be brought in to help the parents come to a shared care situation.’
      • ‘Did you think just two years ago that the situation would come to this?’
      • ‘We may be coming to a situation where whole families, grandparents, parents and weans are all users.’
      • ‘The lead up to Churchill coming to power was the result of the failure of the Munich agreement.’
      • ‘That resulted in the judge coming to a different conclusion.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If it comes to the situation when it's up to me to make the decision, then naturally this will be taken into consideration.’
      • ‘When it comes to a situation where parents' individual interests contravene public interests, there is a need to weigh up all the interests involved.’
      • ‘After evaluating ratings of articles by medical editors and narrowing the field, the staff must come to agreement on a single entry.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘However in their earnestness to achieve optimum results some voluntary organisations tend to lose direction, often resulting in their efforts coming to a nought.’
      • ‘As projects come to completion, all results must be published and there must be no publication without peer review.’
      • ‘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 situation's coming to a head, and he doesn't have many more chances to stall the inevitable.’
      reach, attain, arrive at, come to, make
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    2. 4.2with infinitive Eventually reach a certain condition or state of mind.
      ‘he had come to realize she was no puppet’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I'm coming to think that biting the hand that feeds me might represent a tasty alternative.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In coming to terms with this situation, teachers need to accept the loss of some traditional deference.’
      • ‘Few great players get to know links courses, though, without coming to love them.’
      • ‘It is merely there for you to have in mind when you come to weigh up her evidence.’
      • ‘Only in the final stages of the conflict did he come to realize that the war was lost.’
  • 5no object, with adverbial Be sold, available, or found in a specified form.

    ‘the cars come with a variety of extras’
    ‘the shirts come in three sizes’
    • ‘Take out the material that comes with the thermometer and read it.’
    • ‘It comes with 25 activity cards each with two sides.’
    • ‘They come with a coppery glow in the aura and always bring transformation of the soul, if you will let them.’
    • ‘They seem to produce the best images and come with the best feature mix for a reasonable cost.’
    • ‘This is how I came to imagine some kind of film thesaurus, a little like the one that comes with a word processor.’
    • ‘Everything else comes with health warnings, so why not?’
    • ‘The asking price for the building, which comes with adjoining ramp space, is $4 million.’
    • ‘The build quality was up to scratch, the cars looked gorgeous and came, of course, with those pacy motors.’
    • ‘Different functionalities make it possible to do one thing much more easily or effectively, but they come with a smaller cost elsewhere.’
    • ‘The router is also a space saver and comes with an accessory stand that lets you position the device on its side.’
    • ‘Whether the bulbs come in the mail, or from the local garden center, they usually come with instructions.’
    • ‘There are only two of these houses, which come with garages, still available.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It came with two large orders of mashed potatoes and coleslaw and a bunch of biscuits.’
    • ‘In reality, only the mussels arrived, but came with a rich tomato sauce and a strong but not overwhelming celery edge.’
    • ‘I take numerous pills and every container I open comes with a pamphlet warning of possible side effects.’
    • ‘The vehicles themselves are designed to accommodate up to four people, and come complete with stowage space for bicycles.’
    • ‘It comes with two car-parking spaces at an adjoining property, and there is scope for extension on to the roof itself.’
    • ‘The meals, which cost £3.99 each, come with a choice of four salads plus any drink.’
    • ‘Internet radio may be growing, but it doesn't yet come with pictures.’
    be available, be made, be produced, be for sale, be on offer
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  • 6informal no object 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 honours come the new season’
    • ‘And he predicted that the continuing fall-out from the war could prove crucial come polling day.’
    • ‘It should be interesting come qualifying Saturday and hopefully in the race.’
    • ‘If come January, he's way ahead in the polls, Clark will be able to get away with this approach.’
    • ‘Imagine slipping this on come boxing day when the family comes around?’
    • ‘Five years may have slipped away since my grandad's passing, but come Saturday he'll be there next to me again.’
    • ‘We can only hope for a repeat performance of last week come this weekend.’
    • ‘She would enjoy his young years and try to gave him a base foundation to work with come his adolescent years.’
    • ‘And, likewise, a Republican defeat now would only make them leaner and stronger come 2008.’
    • ‘Saying that, the siege mentality that the players have displayed will doubtless be beneficial come Euro 2004.’
    • ‘The grotto guide is a brilliantly jaded girl whose patience is obviously waning come November.’

noun

mass nouninformal
  • Semen ejaculated 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

  • 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘We always knew it would be tough, but this is as tough as they come,’ he said.’
      • ‘He is as tough as they come and never gives and inch.’
      • ‘She had everything going for her - Olympic glory, good looks, personality, and as articulate 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He's everything a football player should be - he's as tough as they come.’
      • ‘But then one of friends is about as fey as they come.’
  • 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Some have even returned to the fray for second helpings, while journeymen pros have come and gone like travelling salesmen.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Dolly has come and gone, but the implications of her design have begun a new chapter in life, ethics and possibilities.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We did not know when we can come and go freely.’
      • ‘I grew up in God's country, east Tennessee, and I have always come and gone as I please.’
      1. 1.1Exist or be present for a limited time; be transitory.
        ‘kings and queens may come and go, but the Crown goes on forever’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘Directors rise and fall, fads come and go, but cinema is just as exciting as it's always been.’
        • ‘Like the yo-yo, the hula hoop, and the Mohican haircut, vehicle 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.’
        • ‘Looking at all those illustrations, one can learn first hand about how fashions come and go in repeated cycles.’
        • ‘Booms may come and go, but the analysis of the data must go on forever.’
        • ‘Artists come and go, gaining notoriety and popularity before heading off into distant horizons.’
        • ‘Organic food is a middle-class fad that can come and go according to sentiment.’
        • ‘This is so because political parties come and go, but the nation remains.’
  • come from behind

    • Win after lagging.

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

    • informal in imperativeSaid when vigorously expressing disbelief.

      ‘‘Come off it, he'll know that's a lie.’’
      • ‘Oh, come off it, it's true that they can be justly blamed for all sorts of devilish chicanery, but your presumption is crazy.’
      • ‘My honest (and admittedly, somewhat cruel) reaction is ‘Oh, come off it, you're not that special.’’
      • ‘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, mate,’ he said, because he is not only a hawk, but has a keen and impatient mind.’
      • ‘Come off it, that's not something ‘worth remembering’.’
      • ‘OK, there are bound to be borderlines for teenagers - but come off it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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!’’
      • ‘‘Oh, come off it,’ I said, when they started raving.’
  • come right

    • informal Have a good outcome; end well.

      ‘don't worry—I'm sure it'll come right’
      • ‘As it happens, everything comes right in the end.’
      • ‘The danger would be getting too concerned about the way we are playing because I am sure it will come right.’
      • ‘At times like that you have just got to dig deep and hopefully things will come right on Saturday.’
      • ‘It adds to the growing body of evidence that at last things are starting to come right for it.’
      • ‘He was killed just as his life was about to come right.’
      • ‘We just have to be patient so everything comes right.’
      • ‘A 90% mark in his prelim allowed him some room for confidence that things would come right.’
      • ‘The political importance of the Dome is such that we can expect major government efforts to ensure the presentation comes right.’
      • ‘I'd hate to see them go but they aren't right and will never come right.’
      • ‘Plus there was a naïve hope that things would come right in the end - as they did.’
  • come the ——

    • informal Play the part of; behave like.

      ‘don't come the innocent with me’
  • come to nothing

    • Have no significant or successful result in the end.

      ‘he is convinced talk of a leadership challenge will come to nothing’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But constant failure to agree on anything meant all of this came to nothing, and now these opportunities have been lost.’
      • ‘But, overall, it was vacuous stuff, came to nothing, and fizzled out.’
      • ‘That the speculation came to nothing is a result of different aspects of a goalkeeper's skill-set being of interest to different managers.’
      • ‘As a result, ‘it becomes sentimentalism and comes to nothing.’’
      • ‘But this came to nothing and it fell to the French to pioneer international sport in keeping with their long diplomatic traditions.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As a result another good idea came to nothing and another report ended up gathering dust in some warehouse.’
      fail, meet with failure, meet with disaster, miscarry, go wrong, go awry, fall through, fall flat, be frustrated, break down, collapse, founder, fold, come to nothing, come to naught
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  • come to pass

    • literary Happen; occur.

      ‘it came to pass that she had two sons’
      • ‘That's a pretty hopeful view; it would be nice to see it come to pass, if only partially.’
      • ‘And so it has come to pass, but in a rather different way than she predicted.’
      • ‘The party's boasts during the last parliament that it had replaced the Conservatives as the main opposition did not come to pass.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But if such a ban did indeed come to pass, would that make the system stable?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And tell him to take this opportunity to make sure that doesn't come to pass.’
      • ‘And there is an acknowledgement that the truly big occasions must be savoured to the full lest they never come to pass again.’
      • ‘He suggested that it was likely I was going get an interview, and indeed that did come to pass.’
      happen, come about, occur, transpire, arise
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  • come to that (or if it comes to that)

    • 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!’
      • ‘I thought people would never stop carping about the green light business, or the parking come to that.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It isn't that I don't like drugs, or his work come to that, it's that they don't agree with me.’
      • ‘Well, the grannies and, come to that, the great grannies that I know are otherwise engaged.’
      • ‘Actually, come to that - when did you last see a Top of the Pops dressing room?’
  • 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’
      • ‘And, come to think of it, the window frames look pretty ropey as well.’
      • ‘So I am a bit unsure if I like the movie come to think of it.’
      • ‘I'm not sure that reading his diary is such a great idea after all, 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.’
      • ‘In fact I went through most of my fly box 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.’
      • ‘He would make an ideal jumping supremo, come to think of it.’
      • ‘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!’
      • ‘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, I am unable to spend the day laying a new patio.’
  • come what may

    • No matter what happens.

      ‘they're going to make the change, come what may’
      • ‘Nevertheless a piece was required every day, come what may.’
      • ‘Don't enter training without intending to complete it, come what may (barring only the most extreme circumstances).’
      • ‘When I started practising trance music, the main intention was to make people dance, 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      in spite of everything, in spite of that, nonetheless, even so, however, but, still, yet, though, be that as it may, for all that, despite everything, despite that, after everything, having said that, that said, just the same, all the same, at the same time, in any event, come what may, at any rate, notwithstanding, regardless, anyway, anyhow
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  • 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’
      • ‘‘I suppose I had it coming to me, though,’ he added.’
      • ‘They had it coming to them, but does one wrong ever justify another?’
      • ‘The international community, on the other hand, will say that they had it coming to them.’
      • ‘Yet it is too simplistic to suggest that these raiders had it coming to them.’
      • ‘But hell, it's not like the other guy didn't have it coming to him, being on the other team and all.’
      • ‘The dialogue reinforces the mob suggestions: ‘There's nothing I can do, he's had it coming to him,’ says a barman.’
      • ‘He did not look around, for he knew he'd have it coming to him.’
      • ‘I stole a lot when I was younger, so I definitely had it coming to me.’
      • ‘Really, the subliminal message here is that this woman had it coming to her.’
      • ‘And anyway, if you really did it, I'm quite sure they had it coming to them.’
  • how come?

    • informal Said when asking how or why something happened or is the case.

      ‘how come you never married, Jimmy?’
      • ‘He smiled faintly at Michael, ‘I don't mean to sound pressuring or anything, but how come?’’
      • ‘I told him, ‘If we are not China and we are not Taiwan, then how come?’’
      • ‘He said nonsensical things like, ‘You're so many colors all over, 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?’’
      • ‘She frowned at me, looking disappointed, and he raised a curious eyebrow, asking, silently, ‘how come?’’
  • 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.’
      • ‘We have a team of fine young players, who it is hoped can progress in seasons 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.’
      • ‘It was a great way to spend a summer afternoon and there is still much more to come.’
      • ‘Otherwise, it may be evidence that this is a bad deal and there is more trouble to come.’
      • ‘He said the gangland murder could be one of the cases that police turn back to in years to come.’
      • ‘Schools reflect what is in society as a whole and they help shape the society to come.’
      • ‘I think we may well find ourselves walking out that way quite a lot in the months to come.’
      • ‘In years to come it will probably seem amazing that we lived our lives any other way.’
  • when it comes to ——

    • When the specified matter is under consideration.

      ‘it pays to be proactive when it comes to your health’
      • ‘He's still the administration's best salesman when it comes to dealing with the economic recovery.’
      • ‘What people need is accurate information about the things that really make a difference when it comes to looking after themselves.’
      • ‘Some of the smallest cars on the road carry some of the biggest risks when it comes to keeping you safe in a crash.’
      • ‘The department has long been a leader when it comes to energy innovation in the public sector.’
      • ‘Edwards is hesitant when it comes to product innovation.’
      • ‘Obviously, he handled a lot of big items when it comes to the recession.’
      • ‘What's your best advice to others in your position when it comes to building the proper security program?’
  • 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Well, I can understand where he is coming from.’
      • ‘I know exactly where he is coming from - there's no time to pander to people's emotions.’
      • ‘You've got to understand where he is coming from.’
      • ‘I understand exactly 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.’
      • ‘It is becoming increasingly difficult to work out where she is coming from.’
      • ‘And as a result, I don't think the electorate understands where it is coming from,’ he says.’
      • ‘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.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • come about

    • 1Happen; take place.

      ‘the relative speed with which emancipation came about’
      • ‘He, however, sees regime change coming about through somewhat more direct means.’
      • ‘The amendment, which extends the recall statute to 10 years, comes about in response to a Congressional proposal.’
      • ‘Most of these shipwrecks came about by collision, by storm, or by bad navigation.’
      • ‘This fallacy came about because of English painters during the Victorian era.’
      • ‘Yet belief also comes about through direct experience.’
      • ‘But what are the odds of life coming about by sheer chance?’
      • ‘This came about as the direct result of a fatality that happened here in the early 80s.’
      • ‘The delay came about because the tunnel had come up short of a screen of trees, slowing the flow of escaping airmen.’
      • ‘This additional post came about due to the refitting of the Lincoln store.’
      • ‘The interest in marine biology came about when he was in college working in the steel mills.’
      happen, occur, take place, transpire, fall, present itself, crop up, materialize, arise, arrive, appear, surface, ensue, follow
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    • 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.’
      • ‘As the Lexington heeled over and started to come about and face the tanker fleet.’
      • ‘Five days more they sailed, eventually coming about to face northwest.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As we came about, I heard a grinding noise and watched the mast lean over and fall into the water.’
      • ‘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.’
      change course, change direction, change heading
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  • come across

    • 1Meet or find by chance.

      ‘I came across these old photos recently’
      • ‘Even though the book is a popular one, chances of school children coming across it are minimal.’
      • ‘He was probably the only of the teens she had come across with a typically pleasant demeanor, and she tended to find it rather refreshing.’
      • ‘I have ‘met’ or come across people who care about where they live, are moved by what goes on near and far.’
      • ‘They are deep below the ground and, unless you knew where to find them you'd probably never come across them by chance as the entrance is just a small door on the side of the road.’
      • ‘Most places we visited did provide high-chairs, though, and coming across a grumpy, unhelpful Kiwi is more of a rarity than spotting an example of the national bird species of the same name.’
      • ‘In your practice till now have you ever come across with so many controversies like the ones you have come across in Bulgaria?’
      • ‘Just in case I never come across it by chance, I sowed some seed last spring, since it is a garden plant.’
      • ‘Thankfully, I came across a web site which provided some insight and presented a different solution to my dilemma.’
      • ‘Sometimes acquaintances tip him off about such books and at other times he comes across them by chance.’
      • ‘While he was tidying up his desk one day, he came across a promotional leaflet about a broadband connection provider.’
      reach, arrive at, meet, get to, get up to, get as far as, make, make it to, set foot on, gain, attain
      find by chance, meet by chance, meet up with, run into, run across, come upon, chance on, stumble on, happen on, light on, hit on
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    • 2Hand 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.’
      hand over, give, deliver, produce, part with, pay up
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      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 along

    • 1Arrive.

      ‘a chance like this doesn't come along every day’
      arrive, reach, come, make it, turn up, appear, put in an appearance, make an appearance, come on the scene, come up, approach, enter, present oneself, be along, come along, materialize
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    • 2in imperativeSaid when encouraging someone or telling them to hurry up.

      ‘That's our man, Watson! Come along!’
      hurry, hurry up, hurry it up, be quick, be quick about it, get a move on, come on, look lively, speed up, move faster
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  • come amid

    • (of an action or event) be accompanied by; happen at the same time as.

      ‘the cuts come amid increasing competition in Hong Kong’
      • ‘The comments come amid widespread concern about knife crime.’
      • ‘The number of youngsters spending high amounts of time in nurseries comes amid growing controversy over the impact of full-time child care on development.’
      • ‘Today's announcement comes amid a dismal earnings report.’
      • ‘The budget on Thursday will come amid a week of reminders of the nation's fiscal plight.’
      • ‘The aggressive head-hunter approach comes amid a competitive market for school administrators.’
      • ‘The announcement, made by e-commerce Minister Douglas Alexander, came amid concerns about the effects of emissions on public health.’
      • ‘The failed operation with the Jordanian agent comes amid new criticism about the quality of American intelligence collection in Afghanistan.’
      • ‘The previously undisclosed problems come amid estimates of growing hunger in the isolated communist country.’
      • ‘The suicide attack at the army's headquarters came amid efforts to try to put the peace process back on track.’
      • ‘Sir Ian's criticism of targets comes amid signs of a growing rebellion over red tape among senior officers.’
  • come at

    • Launch oneself at (someone) to attack them.

      ‘he shot an officer who came at him from behind’
      • ‘That's where they controlled the game and they'd just keep coming at you.’
      • ‘He could see him coming at him in his sleep for weeks after.’
      • ‘The only future I can see is the drunks coming at you at all times of the day and night.’
      • ‘Armed police called to a York restaurant had to fire baton rounds at a man coming at them with a carving knife.’
      • ‘But he looked up, saw a couple of lumbering behemoths coming at him and calmly danced past them.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You can even lift opponents in the air, swing them around and then come at them in a vertical attack.’
      • ‘I found him coming at me, and I decided to show him the outside.’
      • ‘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.’
  • come away

    • Be left with a specified feeling, impression, or result after doing something.

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

    • 1(in sport) 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’
      • ‘We took control early on but they came back at us, and we could have let them.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There can have been little cheer as he came back at them like a pack of Jack Russells.’
      answer, respond
      respond, answer, say in response, rejoin, return
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  • 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 is not the case, with respect to my learned friend, that this is the first time this issue has come before the court.’
      • ‘I appealed to the Federal Court of Australia and my matter came before a single judge of that court.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We must therefore always be aware of the substantive issues that come before the 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.’
  • come between

    • Interfere with or disturb the relationship of (two people)

      ‘I let my stupid pride come between us’
      • ‘It is always stressful when something comes between you and the person you love.’
      • ‘All this time the ex was aware of the connection we had made and was intent on coming between us.’
      • ‘Tragically it's beyond them to understand the instinct that will make even a domestic hen attack anyone coming between her and her chicks.’
      • ‘A couple in a relationship can expect any number of barriers to come between them.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Almost nothing comes between me and my cricket.’
      • ‘We talked about the usual things, but there was something coming between us.’
      • ‘It is a sentimentally realistic account of a woman's coming between a man and his life-work.’
      • ‘This film is all about ego clashes that couples usually have and how pride often comes between two people.’
      alienate, estrange, separate, divide, split up, break up, disunite, disaffect, pit against one another, set against one another, cause disagreement between, sow dissension between, set at odds, set at variance
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  • come by

    • 1Call 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A young priest and family friend, Patrick, came by regularly to offer John and his family spiritual and moral support.’
      • ‘He said, ‘I'll hang around here until my friend comes by.’’
      • ‘This one time my friends were all coming by and they were partying, and there were all these rollerbladers at the park.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We have lots of family and friends coming by; my brother and I stayed at my Mum's house for much of that time.’
    • 2Manage to acquire or obtain (something)

      ‘the remoteness of the region makes accurate information 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.’
      • ‘Apparently good knife-grade steel was hard to come by, and I had some of the best.’
      • ‘There's a gripping tension to it that's hard to come by in comics designed to be all-ages entertainment.’
      • ‘The sides were well matched and with good defending and sharp goal keepers on both sides scores were hard to come by.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Bear in mind that good managers are hard to come by.’
      • ‘Apprenticeships were hard to come by and for most of his classmates the only work available was in England.’
      • ‘He had been playing the flute for some time when he realized that high quality flute repairmen were hard to come by.’
      • ‘She took some art materials for the children, knowing that they are hard to come by in the detention centres.’
      obtain, acquire, gain, get, find, pick up, lay hold of, possess oneself of, come to have, procure, secure, get possession of
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  • 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’
      • ‘There are still a few old industrial buildings to come down, but eventually the area will be a blend of residential and recreational facilities.’
      • ‘And the fact that one brick or two bricks are unconstitutional doesn't mean the entire structure ought to come down.’
      • ‘They succeeded in knocking a hole in one wall, but still the building wouldn't come down.’
      • ‘When the collapse started, the building came down so incredibly fast that none of them had a chance to react.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It happened this morning, and now officials are worried more of that building could come down.’
      • ‘Nearly 20 trees came down in a single building operation.’
      • ‘Never in my wildest imagination did I think these buildings were going to come down.’
      • ‘The police department knew that the buildings were coming down.’
      • ‘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’
        • ‘I mean, there is no doubt that those two planes came down because they crashed into each other.’
        • ‘He is firstly seeking details of an aircraft which came down near his house.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘He died after the aircraft in which he was travelling came down in the south of the country.’
        • ‘They saw some actual video from toll plaza cameras that recorded the aircraft coming down.’
        • ‘The remotely piloted aircraft came down in the ocean, within the confines of the test range, west of the facility.’
        • ‘For example, when a helicopter comes down the whole descent and eventual crash is depicted in intricate detail.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘The two escaped with minor injuries when the aircraft came down in County Meath.’
        • ‘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.’
        drop, drop down, plummet, descend, come down, go down, plunge, sink, dive, nosedive, tumble, pitch
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    • 2Be handed down by tradition or inheritance.

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

      ‘advisers and inspectors came down on our side’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I thought long and hard about putting photos in this blog, and eventually came down against it as a general working principle.’
      • ‘On 28 May, after three days of discussions, the British cabinet finally came down against Halifax.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But I have a really bad feeling that these people tend to err on whichever side comes down in their favor.’
      • ‘This exercise could no doubt produce different answers but, for my own part, I come down decisively on the side of the plaintiff.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The prison review group came down against needle exchanges because of an ‘unacceptable’ risk to prison officers.’
      • ‘However, he comes down in favour of the company on this key issue.’
      decide, conclude, settle, reach a decision
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    • 4Leave 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.’
    • 5Experience 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’
      • ‘The drug had worn off and I could feel myself coming down.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘All in all, the night was nearly impossible to come down from.’
      • ‘I heard tell that the smoothies may or may not be marketed as aids to coming down off of various illicit drugs.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘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.’
  • come down on

    • Criticize or punish (someone) harshly.

      ‘she came down on me like a ton of bricks’
      • ‘It was not a case of us coming down on them because they weren't performing or any other issues.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Consequently, the reaction - coming down on her like a ton of bricks - should be seen to express how society at large views racism.’
      • ‘I have never done ANYTHING wrong to these people, and yet they are coming down on me without reason.’
      • ‘And the taxation system favours big business while coming down on the small businessman.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The first time I heard of you guys, it was in an article about the police coming down on one of your shows.’
      • ‘It'd be good to see referees coming down on this like a ton of bricks.’
  • come down to

    • (of a situation or outcome) be dependent on (a specified factor)

      ‘it came down to her word against Guy's’
      • ‘It amazes me how some people can be so selfish, and that's what it all comes down to.’
      • ‘In my view the outcome will come down to who wants the victory most, and I feel we do.’
      • ‘I had enough money in the bank to buy gas, food, and perhaps rent a dog sled if it came down to that.’
      • ‘We had been told that in the last part of the race it would come down to who wanted it more.’
      • ‘I think that it really comes down to what trousers you were wearing with the shirt.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘The last federal election came down to literally a handful of votes in some ridings.’
      amount to, add up to, constitute, be tantamount to, approximate to, boil down to, be equivalent to, comprise, count as
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  • come down with

    • Begin to suffer from (a specified illness)

      ‘I came down with influenza’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Years passed, and one day the farmer came down with a mysterious illness that none of the doctors could cure.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      become ill with, become sick with, fall ill with, fall sick with, be taken ill with, show symptoms of, become infected with, get, catch, develop, contract, take, sicken for, fall victim to, be struck down with, be stricken with
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  • come for

    • 1Arrive to arrest or detain (someone)

      ‘the cops came for her husband’
      • ‘The alarm had just gone off and several guards where coming for me.’
      • ‘Branded a murderer, the police would come for him and lock him away.’
      • ‘Brandon was still recuperating himself at home when the police came for him.’
      • ‘At the age of eight in a Moscow hotel she experienced how the secret service came for her parents.’
      • ‘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.’
    • 2Launch oneself at (someone) to attack them.

      ‘he came for me with his fists’
      • ‘And then I realize I'm the guy he's shouting at, because there's no one else out here and he's coming for me.’
      • ‘At one point he was coming for me so I was aware of the situation I was in, but you have to react to it.’
  • 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 police are quoted as saying that no-one came forward with evidence or identification.’
      • ‘He also praised Mr and Mrs Brown for coming forward to give evidence.’
      • ‘But the woman never came forward to report a crime and has never been identified.’
      • ‘He is also appealing for volunteers to come forward to help during the two days.’
      • ‘None of his victims, who were praised for their bravery in coming forward and giving evidence, was in court to hear the verdict.’
      • ‘The present manager is resigning at the end of March and a volunteer has yet to come forward to take over.’
      • ‘Donations flooded in and over a hundred volunteers came forward to help.’
      volunteer, step forward, offer one's services, make oneself available
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  • come from

    • 1Originate in; have as its source.

      ‘the word caviar comes from Italian’
      • ‘It comes mainly from building materials, oil-based paint, furniture made of compressed wood and personal care products.’
      • ‘The first is to increase the amount of energy coming from renewable sources like bio - fuels, wind and waves.’
      • ‘This is especially handy when your compilations will be coming from diverse sources.’
      • ‘The origination of these messages should come from a central source close to the top politician.’
      • ‘Inspiration for original writing comes from many different sources.’
      • ‘Much of our source material comes from early versions of these same songs from the first record.’
      • ‘Their informant was the landlord, and, coming from such a source, the information could not have been discounted.’
      • ‘There are some excellent voices from Canada and they are coming from unexpected sources.’
      • ‘It may be that there will be ten pieces of information, all coming from completely different sources.’
      • ‘I think everyone loves to hear how wonderful they are even if it's coming from an unreliable source.’
      originate from, have its origins in, derive from, arise from, stem from, emanate from, proceed from, start from, issue from, evolve from
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      1. 1.1Be the result of.
        ‘a dignity that comes from being in control’
        have its origins in, arise from, originate from, spring from, derive from, come from, be rooted in, emanate from, issue from, flow from, proceed from, result from, be consequent on
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      2. 1.2Have as one's place of birth or residence.
        ‘I come from Sheffield’
        • ‘I have never been to Wales even though all my family comes from there.’
        be from, be a native of, have been born in, hail from, originate in, have one's roots in, be …, be … by birth
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      3. 1.3Be descended from.
        ‘she comes from a family of Muslim scholars’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘I come from a family of three girls, and my dad had always said you can be whatever you want to be.’
        • ‘It's been interesting for me, coming from a family who has been in the sport so long.’
        • ‘My mother is French, and comes from a family of excellent cooks.’
        • ‘He comes from a family of five, with two younger twin sisters.’
        • ‘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 is understood she comes from a musical family so we're expecting great things from her on the night.’
        • ‘Angel is a very pretty girl, she's a hard worker and she comes from a richer family than most in this town.’
  • come in

    • 1Join or become involved in an enterprise.

      ‘that's where Jack comes in’
      ‘I agreed to come in on the project’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘The said guy will get very upset and this is where my role comes in.’
      2. 1.2with complementProve to have a specified good quality.
        ‘a car comes in handy for day trips from the city’
        • ‘Though no revolution in technology, it should come in quite useful.’
        • ‘But that does not mean he will not come in useful for his defensive role.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘‘The knowledge and experience I gained is coming in useful as I'm actually working in television,’ he said.’
    • 2with complementFinish a race in a specified position.

      ‘the favourite came in first’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Last Sunday he became the only driver to record back-to-back top-five finishes by coming in fifth at Dover.’
      • ‘The US were pretty confident of that race and they only came in third.’
      • ‘He eventually came in third and received a fantastic reception.’
      • ‘The fifth candidate came in sixth in the race for five seats.’
      • ‘She came in ninth in her race and did really well against tough competition.’
    • 3(of money) be earned or received regularly.

      ‘there's me and Mum to keep, and no money coming in’
      • ‘Payments came in regularly until January when no money turned up.’
      • ‘The money is still coming in so we are hoping that the final total will be higher.’
      • ‘We have tried to close the appeal a number of times but more money kept coming in.’
      • ‘The regular cash that came in, each and every month, enabled people to feed themselves and to pay the bills.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 should have money coming in, in another 30 days.’
      • ‘For someone running a betting operation, is the volume of money coming in significantly greater than the regular season?’
      • ‘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 imperativeBegin speaking or make contact, especially in radio communication.

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

      ‘the tide was coming in’
      • ‘Once the tide starts coming in your time is running out.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The tide, coming in, had just caught the corners…’
      • ‘The tide was coming in and people moved their blankets up the beach, gathered up their belongings and began walking towards the town.’
      • ‘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 when the rescue happened.’
      • ‘Even then, at the beginnings of the 80s, that tide was coming in.’
      • ‘When the tide comes in the sea water rises above the little weir to enter the river.’
      • ‘He said: ‘The tide was coming in and we had to carry on as waves lapped over our feet.’’
      • ‘‘When it rises, our tides are bigger and come in faster and there is more chance of people getting cut off,’ he warned.’
  • come in for

    • Receive or be the object of (a reaction), typically a negative one.

      ‘he has come in for a lot of criticism’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Care homes in recent years have come in for much negative publicity.’
      • ‘It's good to see any part of it so nicely commended because it usually comes in for criticism and negative reportage.’
      • ‘After all, it is she who once again seems to be coming in for all the flack.’
      • ‘The poor old supporters have been coming in for an awful lot of stick over the past few weeks.’
      • ‘Despite its academic credentials, it comes in for equally vehement condemnation from the traditionalists.’
      • ‘He led by example in the middle of the field despite coming in for a lot of physical attention throughout the game.’
      • ‘He casts a jaundiced eye on all the major institutions, but none comes in for more criticism than this.’
      • ‘But the bank is coming in for heavy criticism of its handling of the report.’
      • ‘It comes in for so much criticism, I felt I must write to tell you about my treatment.’
      receive, experience, sustain, undergo, meet with, encounter, face, go through, be subjected to, be the object of, bear the brunt of, suffer, have to put up with, have to bear, have to endure
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  • come into

    • Suddenly receive (money or property), especially by inheriting it.

      ‘he came into an inheritance’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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?’
      inherit, be heir to, become heir to, be left, be willed, be bequeathed
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  • come of

    • 1Result from.

      ‘no good will come of it’
      • ‘And really, not much came of those trials because they were so small and the results weren't all that significant.’
      • ‘He takes the resulting corner but nothing comes of it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Keep this guy as a friend, and if something more comes of that as a result of the friendship, great!’
      • ‘Nothing came of the resultant free-kick.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But the only result that comes of such haste is burnout.’
      1. 1.1Be descended from.
        ‘she came of Dorset stock’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘His paternal family comes of a long line of priests.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘Fowler's flicks do not always come off, but when they do, they inflict damage.’
      • ‘Keane never hides on the pitch, and if one effort doesn't come off, he'll always come back for more.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is dangerous and, of course, it doesn't always come off, but this time it did.’
      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.
        ‘Geoffrey 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.’
        • ‘The hooligans always came off best because they could damage you more than you could damage them.’
        • ‘Compare the tale of the noble fighter to the tale of the snake, and see who comes off the worse!’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘But she also said that the appellant always seemed to have come off 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.’
      • ‘The slide came, the slope caught them and the wheels came off.’
      • ‘I did not realize that a tire had come off the wheel.’
      • ‘Boy, the wheels are really coming off the wagon.’
      • ‘The wheels haven't come off, but it looks to me like the wheel nuts are coming off.’
      • ‘The front bogey wheel of the engine came off the tracks requiring staff to jack it back onto the line.’
      • ‘When you're first starting off, believe me, you're wondering if the training wheels are coming off.’
      • ‘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.’
      1. 2.1Fall from a horse or cycle that one is riding.
        ‘the horse reared up and Harriet came off’
        • ‘The council must have got a lot of complaints because people are always coming off their bikes.’
        • ‘An inquiry was held into the running and riding of the horse after the jockey came off at the ninth fence in the Cantor Sport Beginners' Chase.’
    • 3Stop taking or being addicted to (a drug or form of medication)

      ‘I think I'll come off the pill’
      ‘she works with people coming off heroin’
      • ‘It took me going to prison to come off drugs and to realise I needed to sort out my problem.’
      • ‘Here is the simple key to unlocking a new future for those who want to come off drugs: aftercare.’
      • ‘It mimics the effect heroin has on receptors in the brain, reducing the cravings addicts experience when coming off the drug.’
      • ‘Would you expect a heroin addict to come off heroin just like that?’
      • ‘By this time his mother was on methadone, trying to come off drugs.’
      • ‘She was put on Prozac for the first time during a stay in hospital but came off the drug two years later when her symptoms improved.’
      • ‘He argued to break the link with hard drugs and for the provision of clean pharmaceutical heroin on prescription to those not yet ready to come off the drug.’
      • ‘However, if their high blood pressure is based solely on obesity and they can lose the weight, they sometimes can come off of the medications.’
      • ‘It can also refer addicts who want to come off drugs to specialist agencies.’
      • ‘If someone who has had epilepsy doesn't have a seizure for two years, their doctor may suggest they come off the medication.’
    • 4Have an orgasm.

  • come on

    • 1(of a state or condition) start to arrive or happen.

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

      ‘I came on a station that was playing upbeat songs’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I came upon your website by chance and am quite impressed by the content and quality of your coverage.’
      • ‘Police, calling at a house to trace a former occupant, by chance came upon a case of extreme hardship.’
      • ‘He came upon the channel by chance when he noticed that there was a call-in taking place.’
      • ‘There's also a chance of coming upon a riotous migration party - bands of warblers passing through.’
      • ‘By chance they come upon her in her hide-out.’
      • ‘I do need to know what things look like in the rare chance that I ever come upon them.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘So the courtiers arranged for the emperor to take a walk in his park, where he ‘chanced’ to come upon a ‘wandering’ giraffe.’
      • ‘Does it not mean making preparation to meet the things that come upon us?’
    • 3in imperativeSaid 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!’
      • ‘We better hurry before the tide comes in, come on love.’
      • ‘Police encouraging her to come on, keep running, keep running to them.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘Oh, come on now, time to get up,’ Genevieve encouraged, clapping her hands together.’
      • ‘Come on, if any situation was a condition red, this is it.’
      • ‘I mean it is not wrong to be calm in a bad situation but come on, show some emotion.’
      • ‘‘Oh come on; be a man,’ she encouraged mockingly, heading for the door.’
      • ‘But, come on, the snapping mandibles bit's just wrong.’
      • ‘‘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!’
  • come on to

    • Make sexual advances towards.

      ‘he was a flirt, he came on to everyone’
      • ‘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 basically said he was coming on to her when he knew she was my girl.’
      • ‘He came on to me, and before I knew what was happening, we were in the sack.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There is a lady at work who is constantly coming on to me.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      court, woo, pursue, run after, seek the company of, make advances to, make up to, flirt with, romance
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  • come out

    • 1(of a fact) emerge; become known.

      ‘it came out that the accused had illegally registered to vote’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘She withdrew under a stormy cloud after it came out that she hadn't paid Social Security taxes on her housekeeper.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She says the system worked in this case because your case was reversed before it came out that these guys had confessed.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Mid-April, it came out that the contract had gone $60 million over an $180 million budget.’
      • ‘Somehow it came out that he was seventy years old, a fact that my father repeated politely for my mother and me.’
      become known, become common knowledge, become apparent, come to light, emerge, transpire
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      1. 1.1Develop or happen as a result.
        ‘something good can come out of something that went wrong’
        • ‘There is, however, one valuable result that might come out of the leadership campaign.’
        • ‘They come forward fearlessly with the research that they have undertaken and the results that have come out of it.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘It's not as if a good result has come out of nowhere.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘So there's a definite commercial value that has come out of developing the technology behind the torch.’
        • ‘We are quite worried about this development as it has come out of the blue.’
        • ‘Somehow, I don't think that's the only result that will come out of this before it's all over, though.’
        • ‘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.’
        end, finish, conclude, terminate, develop, result, work out, turn out
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      2. 1.2(of a photograph) be produced satisfactorily or in a specified way.
        ‘I hope my photographs come out all right’
        • ‘The features which occur in the largest number of the faces photographed coincide and come out strongest, and give the typical face.’
        • ‘There are two more in the eyes, but this does not come out so clearly in the photograph.’
        • ‘In the 1950s photographs often didn't come out at all, or were so fuzzy that they were thrown away.’
        • ‘Very rarely does a photograph come out exactly as I viewed it in my mind.’
        • ‘The meerkats seemed to be posing for her, so I just hope the pics come out ok.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘I'm not the best photographer, so I hope they come out ok!’
        • ‘I tried taking a photograph but it come out as just a white blur in the distance across the usual city-scape.’
        • ‘I hope they come out well enough I can just put them all up sight unseen at the end of the month.’
        • ‘They all took some photos which I hope will come out.’
      3. 1.3(of the result of a calculation or measurement) emerge at a specified figure.
        ‘rough cider usually comes out at about eight per cent alcohol’
        • ‘Well that's a revelation: Victoria's road-related death rate comes out at 0.01%!’
        • ‘The profit to income percentage comes out at 4.74 per cent.’
        • ‘But with airport taxes the return fare comes out at £26.’
        • ‘When the expenditure by other Government Departments involved with the Presidency is taken into account, the overall cost comes out at over 9 million.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘As a percentage of gross national product, that comes out at 0.4%.’
        • ‘That comes out at around £150 a week take home, and you have to try and live on that.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘This complex calculation apparently comes out at £3.7b, a whisker under the mid-price for the offer.’
      4. 1.4(of patience or a similar card game) be played to a finish with all cards dealt with.
    • 2(of a book or other work) appear; be released or published.

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

      ‘residents have come out against the proposals’
      • ‘You're the last one left who hasn't come out against me.’
      • ‘Lately even British crime writers have come out against her.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Instead, they have come out against such ill-conceived, ineffective rubbish as breed-specific legislation.’
      • ‘Local politicians have come out against the proposed route.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She comes out against Democrats; you come out against Republicans.’
      • ‘You have come out against an independent investigation of all that.’
    • 4with complementAchieve a specified placing in an examination or contest.

      ‘he deservedly came out the winner on points’
      • ‘The threat was clear and we managed, through a foreign policy that was realistic and vigilant, to get through it and come out victorious.’
      • ‘Admittedly there have only been two meetings between the pair, but each time Clarke has deservedly come out on top.’
      • ‘This was a very evenly matched contest, and Crookstown came out the winners with the only score of the match.’
      • ‘Roy had entered some jazz contest and came out the regional champion.’
      • ‘He wrote the commercial tax officers' examination, and came out second in the State.’
      • ‘The top two teams in division two went head to head with Six Bells coming out victorious against Crescent ‘A’.’
      • ‘On Sunday morning the boys were ready and worked hard to come out victorious with a final score of 6-4.’
      • ‘The pupils came out deserving winners in the end.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It re-ignites personal belief, faith and desire in oneself to achieve and to come out winning!’
      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.

      • ‘I went to the local convenience store and got a bottle with bleach alternative, and all of the stains came 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If the stains didn't come out, it wouldn't be a big deal.’
    • 6Go on strike.

      • ‘Thousands of schools and leisure centres were shut in July when local government workers came out on strike in a pay dispute.’
      • ‘Over the next days some 250,000 workers in all came out on strike at some point, and almost 100,000 were on all-out unofficial strike.’
      • ‘The coalfield was brought to a halt as pit after pit came out on strike.’
      • ‘Workers were not willing to take the risk of coming out on strike without solid union backing.’
      • ‘But we don't like it and now we've all come out on strike.’
      • ‘Two brothers I played soccer with stopped speaking to each other because one came out on strike and one kept working.’
      • ‘But it is the lowest paid workers in the hospital who have decided to come out on strike.’
      • ‘The union was expecting that between 300 and 400 employees out of the total workforce of 700 would come out on strike today.’
      • ‘Four months later 10 million came out on a one-day general strike against plans to cut unemployment benefit rights and 2 million demonstrated.’
      • ‘Another 15,000 workers are now threatening to come out on a sympathy strike.’
    • 7Openly declare that one is homosexual.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In coming out, your sexuality is now freed - it's not disguised.’
      • ‘For years the now openly gay singer refrained from coming out.’
      • ‘I have realized that being openly and proudly gay means coming out repeatedly.’
      • ‘Every openly gay man knows that coming out isn't just a one-time occurrence.’
      • ‘For me, coming out meant that I was an openly gay person in the lives of all who knew me.’
      • ‘There is a sense among gay men and lesbians that they can come out to family members but still cannot do so in public.’
      • ‘Then too, as more and more gays come out and live openly, they become more conveniently available targets for homophobes.’
      • ‘However, the source adds that they might never be able to come out publicly as a couple because the man is a footballer.’
      declare that one is homosexual, come out of the closet
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    • 8(of a young upper-class woman) make one's debut in society.

      enter society, be presented, debut, make one's debut in society
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  • come out in

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

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

      ‘a great weariness came 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.’
      • ‘But then a queasy expression came over him and he began to fidget around.’
      • ‘An uncomfortable moment came over the people in the room, a sense of collective shame.’
      • ‘An uneasy feeling began to come over him as he sat up straight in his bed.’
      • ‘He looked up, surprised at first, and then something uncomfortable came over his face.’
      • ‘But a sense of disquiet came over me when he began his exertions.’
      • ‘A most uncomfortable feeling came over me then, starting at the back of my neck and continuing down through my spine.’
      • ‘She winced slightly and glanced regretfully down at the soda in her hand as a familiar feeling began to come over her.’
      • ‘She fell back onto the floor, and began to let darkness come over her.’
      • ‘Right about then a new feeling began to come over me.’
      1. 1.1informal with complement(of a person) suddenly start to feel a specified way.
        ‘they come over all misty-eyed with nostalgia’
        • ‘The same cannot be said for many of the other joke-tellers who suddenly come over all authorial and decide it's time to express themselves artistically.’
        • ‘Asked to take a drugs test, he suddenly came over all twitchy.’
        • ‘A game that looked incapable of serving up a goal for the majority of the first half suddenly came over all generous as the second got underway.’
        • ‘Not that we're getting all misty eyed and we're suddenly coming over all sympathetic for the players and the situation that they are now in.’
        • ‘Very occasionally the mood changes and suddenly it come over all delicate, with an almost feathery touch.’
        • ‘‘I was clearing up after a cabaret night, when I suddenly came over all weird,’ he said.’
        • ‘She had suddenly come over very peculiar one afternoon.’
        • ‘But electoral logic dictates he appeal to younger voters and suddenly the Tory leader is coming over all tolerant and inclusive.’
        • ‘If you suddenly come over all Austro-Hungarian, head for one of Trieste's historic cafés.’
        • ‘The highlight of the evening was watching our producer come over exceedingly giddy when she suddenly realised that he was not only sitting at our table but was sitting next to her.’
    • 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There have been indications in government circles that the Department of Health may be coming over to his view.’
      • ‘You should get over them too, and come over to my side.’
      • ‘She has come over to the dark 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.’
      • ‘Even my parents have come over to the plastic side, with their fibre optic tree and tasteful glow-in-the-dark cherub ornaments.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Improbably, they even got one Republican to come over to their side.’
  • come round

    • 1Recover consciousness.

      ‘I'd just come round from a drunken stupor’
      • ‘Thankfully he did come round fairly quickly and the truth of the situation began to dawn on us.’
      • ‘I felt a bit sleepy after coming round from the anaesthetic, but not sick.’
      • ‘She lost consciousness and next remembered coming round on the floor being roused by him and two ambulancemen.’
      • ‘She undoubtedly lost consciousness and when she came round, she was in a state of abject terror and hysteria.’
      • ‘The seriously-injured man had lost consciousness but had come round again by the time police arrived.’
      • ‘He lost consciousness momentarily and came round to find his attacker had been pulled off him.’
      • ‘She was rushed unconscious to Southend Hospital, but quickly responded to treatment and came round after a few minutes.’
      • ‘Then he remembered nothing apart from a brief moment of consciousness in an ambulance until he came round in York Hospital with a fractured skull.’
      regain consciousness, recover consciousness, come to, come to life, come to one's senses, recover, revive, awake, wake up
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    • 2Be converted to another person's opinion.

      ‘I came round to her point of view’
      • ‘Public opinion is rapidly coming round to the idea that it was seriously misled.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There's considerable evidence that the public are coming round to our way of thinking on a wide range of issues.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      be converted, be converted to, be won over, be won over by, agree, agree with, change one's mind, be persuaded, be persuaded by, give way, give way to, yield, yield to, relent, concede, grant
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    • 3(of a date or regular occurrence) recur; be imminent again.

      ‘Friday had come round so quickly’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He said: ‘We've got the June elections coming round so we are putting a big amount of national effort into that.’’
      • ‘Friday has come round quite quickly and I'm excited at the thought of being reunited with my family.’
      • ‘The worrying thing about getting older is that it all seems to come round again so much more quickly.’
      • ‘He said that matron provided training for new members of staff until the regular annual training came round.’
      occur, take place, happen, come up, crop up, arise
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  • come through

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

      ‘she's come through the operation very well’
      • ‘They have come through the fires of war with their physical health and spirits intact.’
      • ‘He said the pensioner had come through her ordeal remarkably well and was unharmed, although sadder but wiser.’
      • ‘I think we can learn from this that there will be survivors who will come through all the evils of the world.’
      • ‘But he also seemed very confident that the players he has used in the last two games have come through with flying colours.’
      • ‘But they will come through this ordeal with honor and we will all be proud of them.’
      • ‘They are survivors who have come through a difficult situation wiser and stronger although undoubtedly sadder.’
      • ‘He says they are all stronger after coming through the illness and nothing can faze them.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Afterwards, the woman and her partner feel relief that she has come through the ordeal.’
      survive, get through, ride out, weather, live through, pull through, outlast, outlive
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    • 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.’
      • ‘That's the message that comes through loud and clear in the Labor Department data.’
      • ‘Some of these messages are coming through mysteriously truncated.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The most striking message that comes through the polls is that most Scots expect the parliament's powers to increase in the next decade.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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’
        • ‘She's been with us since she was four months old; the official adoption comes through next week.’
        • ‘Nonetheless, when he died of a heart-attack on the day their divorce came through she remarried a week later.’
        • ‘She remained Mrs Picasso long after the decree nisi had come through.’
        • ‘The former boy-band star apparently wants to marry her as soon as his divorce comes through.’
        • ‘A letter tonight declared that I am now divorced… my decree absolute has come through.’
        • ‘‘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.’
        • ‘Their divorce came through just weeks ago, after an eight-year separation.’
        • ‘I presume that when Official Information Act requests come through they will be released according to the Act.’
        • ‘Their final decree came through in October 2002, but by January 2003 they were a couple again.’
        • ‘She went to the police the day her divorce came through.’
  • come to

    • 1Recover consciousness.

      ‘I came to in a corner of the room’
      ‘he was struggling to come to himself’
      • ‘On coming to himself on Sunday morning, he got up and walked home, and a doctor was afterwards called in.’
      • ‘Well, when the incident was over, I was on the floor in my living room and he kind of came to himself.’
      • ‘Suddenly coming to himself, parched, he demanded a drink of water.’
      • ‘‘But knowing how defensive he can get when it comes to himself… I'm not so sure’ I sighed.’
      • ‘Abruptly coming to herself, Sara hastened to touch down lightly in front of her audience.’
      • ‘I came to myself in the room; it was a basement of a house.’
      • ‘It was a little before noon when he came to himself again.’
      regain consciousness, recover consciousness, come round, come to life, come to one's senses, recover, revive, awake, wake up
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    • 2(of an expense) reach in total; amount to.

      ‘the bill came to £20,000’
      • ‘In total his bill came to about £60 and he left a generous £80 tip to the three staff serving him.’
      • ‘Our total bill came to 35.20 leva for three of us including beers.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The total bill came to nearly £8 billion and there were very real fears that the capital backers would be wiped out.’
      • ‘Travel the whole weekend was expensive, coming to a total of just under £95 in the end!’
      • ‘Free connection has been replaced with an upfront charge, so 12 months online comes to a total bill of €400.’
      • ‘The total bill came to £35.30, which is excellent value for quality food.’
      • ‘Together with the drinks, the total bill came to £37.50-and we added a generous tip.’
      • ‘With lawyers' fees plus the balance of the original bill, the total comes to almost $40,000!’
      amount to, add up to, run to, number, make, total, equal, be equal to, be equivalent to
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    • 3(of a ship) come to a stop.

  • come under

    • 1Be classified as or among.

      ‘they all come under the general heading of opinion polls’
      • ‘All these features are under threat from development and mismanagement, and their protection comes under the general heading of Earth-heritage conservation.’
      • ‘Judging by the blurb it comes under the general heading of an ‘airport novel’ if the back cover is anything to go by.’
      • ‘These come under the general heading of product liability.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘One of those ravages comes under the general heading of ‘tumours’.’
      • ‘All three came under the general heading of ‘natural philosophy’.’
      • ‘And surely complaining about the attack comes under the general category of ‘whinery.’’
      • ‘Now Peter had to decide what classification he came under.’
      • ‘Town driving comes under the same general safety umbrella.’
      • ‘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.’
    • 2Be subject to (an influence or authority)

      ‘for a time they came under the rule of the Venetian doges’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘However, they remained independent until coming under French colonial authority in 1899.’
      • ‘Those who are weak, however, are more ready to come under the care and authority of someone who is stronger.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Early in the war, he came under the influence of a middle-aged alleged mystic, a layman who had taken a vow of celibacy.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Second, don't expect commercially available software to alert you if you come under the authorities' suspicion.’
      1. 2.1Be subjected to (pressure or aggression)
        ‘his vehicle came under mortar fire’
        • ‘In the late 1920s, Russian writers came under severe pressure.’
        • ‘As an activist, he came under attack from the authorities.’
        • ‘If they fail to take account of local customs, they may come under attack from the authorities, competitors or criminals.’
        • ‘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 bill has come under severe criticism and is being redrafted.’
        • ‘The group could also come under pressure from the aggressive rollout of broadband services by rivals.’
        • ‘The aggressive consumer finance stocks continue to come under selling pressure.’
        • ‘The troops were hit by the exploding vehicle and then came under mortar fire, he told a news conference.’
        • ‘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.’
  • 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’
      • ‘It's an old thread, but the same issues seem to keep coming up.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘One of the issues which keeps coming up on both local and national agendas is the shortage of role models, especially for young people.’
      • ‘The surcharge will come into effect immediately for new policies issued and for policies coming up for renewal.’
      • ‘‘Ninety-seven percent of issues that are coming up are localised,’ he said.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘This issue just keeps coming up again and again.’
      • ‘And there are going to be a series of issues coming up in the Congress in the next few months that will test that.’
      arise, present itself, occur, happen, come about, transpire, emerge, surface, crop up, turn up, pop up
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      1. 1.1(of a specified time or event) approach or draw near.
        ‘she's got exams coming up’
        • ‘The events coming up this year include an art exhibition in October which helps artists earn good money for their work.’
        • ‘There are two events coming up to keep runners/joggers/walkers happy.’
        • ‘There are several other events coming up including a talk on water drainage, pollution etc.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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?’
        • ‘A programme of events should, he believed, be targeted at fifth and sixth year students who were coming up near the voting age.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘We've got a National Conference coming up soon where these issues will be considered.’
        • ‘But if a wedding or big social event was coming up, the trip to the barber's shop was essential to look their best.’
      2. 1.2(of a legal case) reach the time when it is scheduled to be dealt with.
    • 2Become brighter in a specified way as a result of being polished or cleaned.

      ‘I cleaned up the painting and it came up like new’
      • ‘I took it home, and cleaned it up; and it came up a treat.’
      • ‘However certain well known tunes come up extremely bright and shiny, mixed with the sparkling transient tones of his freer moments in improvisation.’
    • 3Begin one's studies at a university, especially Oxford or Cambridge.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Bearing this in mind, many are disadvantaged in that they come from a background of under confidence on coming up to university.’
  • come up against

    • Be faced with or opposed by.

      ‘I'd come up against this kind of problem before’
      • ‘He also runs a successful retail consultancy business, helping to solve some of the problems that shops come up against.’
      • ‘In fact, I've never come up against very many people who aren't willing to help me out a little.’
      • ‘The boys were not so successful, coming up against very strong opposition.’
      • ‘He questioned whether enough intelligence was available to assess the number and capabilities of the forces they would come up against.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Both teams came up against very strong opposition but both teams held their own and played some very good football.’
      • ‘That's something I can always remember coming up against as a player after I started out as a professional in 1987.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘All the same, this is hugely damaging for him and something that he'll have to come up against constantly.’
      • ‘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.’
      undergo, encounter, meet, have experience of, come into contact with, run into, come across, face, be faced with, confront, be forced to contend with
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  • come up with

    • Produce (something), especially when pressured or challenged.

      ‘he keeps coming up with all kinds of lame excuses’
      • ‘The catalyst for the plot and exploration of these ideas is a cunning plan one of the trio comes up with.’
      • ‘This is a classic case of someone putting two and two together and coming up with 83.’
      • ‘We'll have to see what he comes up with, but the portents are grim.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I say to myself that whatever he comes up with, I must try to trust his instincts.’
      • ‘This is all that they are coming up with and we all know this is totally untenable.’
      • ‘I'm suspending all future planning until I see what he comes up with on the report.’
      • ‘It's interesting to see the system in action and the ‘decisions’ it comes up with.’
      • ‘Let's put the machine back on for one more spin cycle, and see what we come up with.’
      • ‘I'm quite excited about some of the ideas we're coming up with, but more details later.’
      produce, devise, propose, put forward, present, think up, submit, suggest, recommend, advocate, advance, move, introduce, bring forward, put on the table, put up, offer, proffer, tender, adduce, moot
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  • come upon

    • 1Attack (someone or something) by surprise.

      ‘they could come upon us without warning and wreak havoc’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Later, he had pretended to come upon her by surprise and she had given him a bloody lip that was swollen for a week.’
      affect, afflict, attack, hit, smite
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    • 2

      see come on (sense 2)
      • ‘She tells us the story of coming upon a roadkill buck while taking a much-needed break from writing college papers.’
      • ‘When a chauffeur comes upon his rich millionaire boss's tux, he can't resist trying it on.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It was like coming upon ancient ruins in a jungle.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘Yet, from a reader's point of view, coming upon these sudden pockets of dread has a troubling effect.’
      • ‘It was like coming upon one cameo after another of large polished foliage framed in smoky clouds.’
      • ‘And we walked through churchyards at night, coming upon little patches of graves that were lit by flickering candles.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

come

/kʌm/