Definition of come through in US English:

come through

phrasal verb

  • 1Succeed in surviving or dealing with (an illness or ordeal)

    ‘she's come through the operation very well’
    • ‘Afterwards, the woman and her partner feel relief that she has come through the ordeal.’
    • ‘That win stamped him as a progressive campaigner and, although he faces his biggest test to date tomorrow, he has every chance of coming through it with flying colours.’
    • ‘But they will come through this ordeal with honor and we will all be proud of them.’
    • ‘The couple arrived at court together in a united front after vowing they will come through the ordeal and will put it all behind them.’
    • ‘But he also seemed very confident that the players he has used in the last two games have come through with flying colours.’
    • ‘He says they are all stronger after coming through the illness and nothing can faze them.’
    • ‘He said the pensioner had come through her ordeal remarkably well and was unharmed, although sadder but wiser.’
    • ‘They are survivors who have come through a difficult situation wiser and stronger although undoubtedly sadder.’
    • ‘They have come through the fires of war with their physical health and spirits intact.’
    • ‘I think we can learn from this that there will be survivors who will come through all the evils of the world.’
    survive, get through, ride out, weather, live through, pull through, outlast, outlive
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  • 2(of a message) be sent and received.

    • ‘The message of religious tolerance comes through more explicitly afterward.’
    • ‘That's the message that comes through loud and clear in the Labor Department data.’
    • ‘While it may be historically inaccurate, as some are saying, and the blood and violence may be over the top, the message is coming through loud and clear.’
    • ‘This is the message that comes through so clearly, and Paul Tibbets says that he probably has a lot more in common with those Japanese men who went to war than the young Americans or Japanese.’
    • ‘I'm on the ennui express, heading out of the city when the message comes through.’
    • ‘I wouldn't have anything to do with it if that message didn't come through.’
    • ‘Some of these messages are coming through mysteriously truncated.’
    • ‘The most striking message that comes through the polls is that most Scots expect the parliament's powers to increase in the next decade.’
    • ‘It's not worth it to try to specifically decipher his incoherent ramblings, but the message comes through anyway.’
    • ‘The message coming through is that the public at large and businesses in particular are actually much better educated.’
    1. 2.1 (of an official decree) be processed and notified.
      • ‘She's been with us since she was four months old; the official adoption comes through next week.’
      • ‘‘It will be a drug we will be looking at when it comes through the licensing process,’ said a spokeswoman for the Scottish Medicines Consortium.’
      • ‘Nonetheless, when he died of a heart-attack on the day their divorce came through she remarried a week later.’
      • ‘I presume that when Official Information Act requests come through they will be released according to the Act.’
      • ‘The former boy-band star apparently wants to marry her as soon as his divorce comes through.’
      • ‘She went to the police the day her divorce came through.’
      • ‘She remained Mrs Picasso long after the decree nisi had come through.’
      • ‘Their final decree came through in October 2002, but by January 2003 they were a couple again.’
      • ‘Their divorce came through just weeks ago, after an eight-year separation.’
      • ‘A letter tonight declared that I am now divorced… my decree absolute has come through.’