Definition of come up in English:

come up

phrasal verb

  • 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’
    • ‘The surcharge will come into effect immediately for new policies issued and for policies coming up for renewal.’
    • ‘One of the issues which keeps coming up on both local and national agendas is the shortage of role models, especially for young people.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘And there are going to be a series of issues coming up in the Congress in the next few months that will test that.’
    • ‘This issue just keeps coming up again and again.’
    • ‘‘Ninety-seven percent of issues that are coming up are localised,’ he said.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's an old thread, but the same issues seem to keep coming up.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The events coming up this year include an art exhibition in October which helps artists earn good money for their work.’
      • ‘There are several other events coming up including a talk on water drainage, pollution etc.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A programme of events should, he believed, be targeted at fifth and sixth year students who were coming up near the voting age.’
      • ‘Is there a referendum coming up in the near future?’
      • ‘There are two events coming up to keep runners/joggers/walkers happy.’
    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.’
  • 3British Begin one's studies at a university, especially Oxford or Cambridge.

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