Definition of come-on in English:



  • 1A gesture or remark that is intended to attract someone sexually.

    ‘she was giving me the come-on’
    • ‘I also told him that I needed to be touched and hugged and that I would accept the come-ons from other men.’
    • ‘I assumed that his sexual come-ons were part of his chess playing strategy until he started to send me steamy love letters written in Spanish.’
    • ‘Is that some weird joke, or some weirder come-on?’
    • ‘I, however, was so relieved to recognize a come-on that I was always blind to its inappropriate pitch.’
    • ‘I applaud you for dodging the come-ons of this obvious nitwit.’
    • ‘My girlfriend of the time had been teasing me with sexual come-ons all evening as we had sat with our friends in the pub.’
    • ‘That's not some sort of weird public sex come-on.’
    • ‘By all accounts, his under-the-table gropes and nightclub come-ons had women fleeing in their droves.’
    • ‘Forget about cheesy come-ons from lame lotharios in smoke-filled bars or awkward blind date set-ups.’
    • ‘So, taking this as a come-on, I told her that the last thing I would do would be to push her away.’
    • ‘No wonder the amount of pornographic e-mail come-ons has been slipping.’
    • ‘I can't do that when the head of this Project makes blatant sexual come-ons to his partner's woman.’
    • ‘Men often misinterpret a woman's innocent smile or compliment as a sexual come-on - but why?’
    • ‘If he really doesn't want to receive bawdy come-ons, he has ways of stopping it that he should have exercised a LOOOOOOONG time ago.’
    • ‘If you notice, the judge did not actually come out in favor of lame, intrusive come-ons.’
    • ‘We see sloppy seductions, creative come-ons and ‘wham bam, thank you man’ maneuvers, all meant to show how hung up and hampered we are by our drive for physical desire.’
    • ‘There were several thinly veiled invitations to accept other kingdoms hospitality, a bribe, and also something I'm pretty sure was a sexual come-on from a female guildmaster.’
    • ‘And given that they're barely legal by U.S. standards, isn't the oversexed come-on just as reprehensible as the making-up-the-band shenanigans of their aging teen-pop predecessors?’
    • ‘It's an extended three-minute come-on to not just the singer of an over-regarded rock band, but all of rock itself.’
    • ‘Our introduction to Catherine, her frail beauty and desperately clingy sexual come-ons to Wolf, only intensifies our sense that something's desperately wrong at the chateau.’
    1. 1.1 A marketing ploy, such as a free or cheap offer.
      ‘the ad was a come-on to try to sell callers other items’
      • ‘This is the new world of buzz marketing, where brand come-ons sometimes are veiled to the point of opacity and where it is the consumers themselves who are lured into doing the heavy lifting of spreading the message.’
      • ‘But don't fall for the sub- $100 loss leaders offered as come-ons by the mass merchandisers.’
      • ‘And come-ons ranging from free digital cameras to $100 mail-in rebates have become the norm.’
      • ‘The usual come-on is an appeal to the reader's greed, offering a fat commission for processing a huge, illegally gotten sum of money.’
      • ‘‘Free checking is just a come-on,’ he contends.’
      • ‘There are however other more likely come-ons from the vendor's point of view.’
      • ‘The best defense against come-on packaging and lowball junk-food pricing is increased awareness and knowledge.’
      • ‘At least that's what lenders pitching them in come-on letters and cold calls are saying - especially to Texans, who just got legislative permission to use these loans 18 months ago.’
      • ‘Part grassroots recruiting strategy and part Tupperware-style marketing, the come-on offers an unusual perk.’
      • ‘Skiing would be the carnival barker, the come-on to attract people to the real action: real estate sales and shopping in new ‘villages’ at the base of the slopes.’
      • ‘Loyalty programs, gift cards, and other come-ons aimed at keeping shoppers hooked on a particular retailer are spreading faster than word of a fabulous bargain in aisle 5.’
      • ‘Retailers will be falling over themselves to bombard people passing their doors with targeted come-ons (or, in this case, come-ins).’
      • ‘Robust growth has been counterbalanced by the difficulty of attracting buyers in a clamorous marketplace surfeited with virtually identical products - even at the luxury level - and marketing come-ons.’
      • ‘These are advertised as being some kind of wonderful superfood, and every person is vulnerable to being tempted by these come-ons, and they are, indeed, grown oil the other side of our planet.’
      • ‘Nonetheless, booking a trip online is a difficult sandbox to sift through, a landscape rife with rip-offs and reverse auctions, great deals and time-share come-ons.’
      • ‘The credit industry's sleazy come-ons, onerous interest rates and frantic marketing to teenagers go unaddressed by Congress; it is only consumers who are expected to be conscientious.’
      • ‘The prolonged price war is forcing rival carmakers to offer more creative come-ons.’
      • ‘The seductions of instant self-gratification - fueled by the economic boom of the last ten years and aggressively reinforced by marketing come-ons - have spurred unchecked consumerism in our community.’
      • ‘As the country became more prosperous in the postwar period, the number of coffee houses expanded, and so did their amenities, attractions and come-ons.’
      • ‘Sadly, many webmasters fall for such tantalizing come-ons without thinking carefully about what the repercussions might be.’
      incentive, attraction, encouragement, temptation, incitement, stimulation, stimulus, bait, lure, pull, draw, spur, goad, impetus, motive, motivation, provocation
      inducement, attraction, interest, lure, pull, draw, enticement, allure, allurement, appeal, incentive, bait, carrot, temptation, fascination, charm, tantalization
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