Definition of come-on in US 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.’
    • ‘If you notice, the judge did not actually come out in favor of lame, intrusive come-ons.’
    • ‘By all accounts, his under-the-table gropes and nightclub come-ons had women fleeing in their droves.’
    • ‘Men often misinterpret a woman's innocent smile or compliment as a sexual come-on - but why?’
    • ‘So, taking this as a come-on, I told her that the last thing I would do would be to push her away.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I applaud you for dodging the come-ons of this obvious nitwit.’
    • ‘No wonder the amount of pornographic e-mail come-ons has been slipping.’
    • ‘That's not some sort of weird public sex come-on.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I can't do that when the head of this Project makes blatant sexual come-ons to his partner's woman.’
    • ‘Forget about cheesy come-ons from lame lotharios in smoke-filled bars or awkward blind date set-ups.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 A marketing ploy, such as a free or cheap offer.
      as modifier ‘introductory come-on rates’
      • ‘‘Free checking is just a come-on,’ he contends.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Retailers will be falling over themselves to bombard people passing their doors with targeted come-ons (or, in this case, come-ins).’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And come-ons ranging from free digital cameras to $100 mail-in rebates have become the norm.’
      • ‘The prolonged price war is forcing rival carmakers to offer more creative 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.’
      • ‘Part grassroots recruiting strategy and part Tupperware-style marketing, the come-on offers an unusual perk.’
      • ‘But don't fall for the sub- $100 loss leaders offered as come-ons by the mass merchandisers.’
      • ‘There are however other more likely come-ons from the vendor's point of view.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The best defense against come-on packaging and lowball junk-food pricing is increased awareness and knowledge.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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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