One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(of a state or condition) start to arrive or happen.‘she felt a mild case of the sniffles coming on’‘it was coming on to rain’
- ‘The condition, which came on gradually from the age of ten, also affects Victoria's speech.’
- ‘The condition affects both eyes and comes on very gradually, with little or no symptoms initially.’
- ‘It was a condition that had been coming on for years.’
- ‘The condition, which came on gradually from when she was 10, also affects her speech.’
- ‘If your condition comes on every time you stroke the cat, find it a new home or stop patting the feline.’
- ‘It probably is coming on, before the summer arrives.’
- ‘But even under those conditions, and the blindness that came on, he continued his scientific work.’
- ‘Medically, the condition is described as a facial paralysis that comes on suddenly and has no obvious cause (such as an injury).’
2in imperative Said when encouraging someone to do something or to hurry up or when one feels that someone is wrong or foolish.‘Come on! We must hurry!’
- ‘‘Well, come on,’ encouraged Matt, smiling suspiciously as if he knew something the others didn't.’
- ‘Police encouraging her to come on, keep running, keep running to them.’
- ‘‘Oh come on; be a man,’ she encouraged mockingly, heading for the door.’
- ‘But, come on, the snapping mandibles bit's just wrong.’
- ‘So far the response has been very encouraging so come on all you lads who might have been thinking of turning up; there's still plenty of time.’
- ‘That's why I like you, you will always tell me to come on and hurry up with a review!’
- ‘I mean it is not wrong to be calm in a bad situation but come on, show some emotion.’
- ‘Come on, if any situation was a condition red, this is it.’
- ‘We better hurry before the tide comes in, come on love.’
- ‘‘Oh, come on now, time to get up,’ Genevieve encouraged, clapping her hands together.’
- 2.1 Said or shouted to express support, for example for a sports team.
- ‘You put your pint on your head and shout come on!’
3Meet or find by chance.
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