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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's an extended three-minute come-on to not just the singer of an over-regarded rock band, but all of rock itself.’
    • ‘I also told him that I needed to be touched and hugged and that I would accept the come-ons from other men.’
    • ‘I can't do that when the head of this Project makes blatant sexual come-ons to his partner's woman.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘I, however, was so relieved to recognize a come-on that I was always blind to its inappropriate pitch.’
    • ‘If you notice, the judge did not actually come out in favor of lame, intrusive come-ons.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Forget about cheesy come-ons from lame lotharios in smoke-filled bars or awkward blind date set-ups.’
    • ‘That's not some sort of weird public sex come-on.’
    • ‘Is that some weird joke, or some weirder come-on?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I applaud you for dodging the come-ons of this obvious nitwit.’
    • ‘Men often misinterpret a woman's innocent smile or compliment as a sexual come-on - but why?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘By all accounts, his under-the-table gropes and nightclub come-ons had women fleeing in their droves.’
    1. 1.1 A marketing ploy, such as a free or cheap offer.
      as modifier ‘introductory come-on rates’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But don't fall for the sub- $100 loss leaders offered as come-ons by the mass merchandisers.’
      • ‘Sadly, many webmasters fall for such tantalizing come-ons without thinking carefully about what the repercussions might be.’
      • ‘‘Free checking is just a come-on,’ he contends.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 usual come-on is an appeal to the reader's greed, offering a fat commission for processing a huge, illegally gotten sum of money.’
      • ‘The best defense against come-on packaging and lowball junk-food pricing is increased awareness and knowledge.’
      • ‘There are however other more likely come-ons from the vendor's point of view.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 prolonged price war is forcing rival carmakers to offer more creative 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Part grassroots recruiting strategy and part Tupperware-style marketing, the come-on offers an unusual perk.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And come-ons ranging from free digital cameras to $100 mail-in rebates have become the norm.’
      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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