Definition of come over in English:

come over

phrasal verb

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

    ‘a great weariness came over me’
    • ‘An uncomfortable moment came over the people in the room, a sense of collective shame.’
    • ‘A most uncomfortable feeling came over me then, starting at the back of my neck and continuing down through my spine.’
    • ‘But then a queasy expression came over him and he began to fidget around.’
    • ‘She fell back onto the floor, and began to let darkness come over her.’
    • ‘He looked up, surprised at first, and then something uncomfortable came over his face.’
    • ‘Right about then a new feeling began to come over me.’
    • ‘An uneasy feeling began to come over him as he sat up straight in his bed.’
    • ‘A drowning sensation began to come over me, purely as a result of the way my throat began choking up, and my eyes became glazed over with liquid.’
    • ‘She winced slightly and glanced regretfully down at the soda in her hand as a familiar feeling began to come over her.’
    • ‘But a sense of disquiet came over me when he began his exertions.’
    1. 1.1informal with complement (of a person) suddenly start to feel a specified way.
      ‘they come over all misty-eyed with nostalgia’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘I was clearing up after a cabaret night, when I suddenly came over all weird,’ he said.’
      • ‘If you suddenly come over all Austro-Hungarian, head for one of Trieste's historic cafés.’
      • ‘Asked to take a drugs test, he suddenly came over all twitchy.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She had suddenly come over very peculiar one afternoon.’
      • ‘Very occasionally the mood changes and suddenly it come over all delicate, with an almost feathery touch.’
      • ‘But electoral logic dictates he appeal to younger voters and suddenly the Tory leader is coming over all tolerant and inclusive.’
  • 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.’
    • ‘She has come over to the dark side.’
    • ‘You should get over them too, and come over to my side.’
    • ‘Even my parents have come over to the plastic side, with their fibre optic tree and tasteful glow-in-the-dark cherub ornaments.’
    • ‘There have been indications in government circles that the Department of Health may be coming over to his view.’
    • ‘Improbably, they even got one Republican to come over to their side.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The waiting forces are awed by his majesty and come over to his side.’
    • ‘But those rescued battery hens - a little bit like myself - have come over to the right 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.’