when a specified time is reached or event happens:I don’t think that they’ll be far away from honours come the new season
semen ejaculated at an orgasm.
1 [no object, usually with adverbial of direction] move or travel towards or into a place thought of as near or familiar to the speaker:Jess came into the kitchenthey came here as immigrantshe came rushing out
arrive at a specified place:we walked along till we came to a streamit was very late when she came backmy trunk hasn’t come yet
(of a thing) reach or extend to a specified point:women in slim dresses that came all the way to their shoesthe path comes straight down
(be coming) approach:someone was comingshe heard the train coming
travel in order to be with a specified person, to do a specified thing, or to be present at an event:the police camecome and live with me [with infinitive]:the electrician came to mend the cooker figurativewe have come a long way since Aristotle
[with present participle] join someone in participating in a specified activity or course of action:do you want to come fishing tomorrow?
(come along/on) make progress; develop:he’s coming along nicelyshe asked them how their garden was coming on
(in imperative also come, come!) said to someone when correcting or reassuring someone:Come, come, child, don’t thank me
2 [no object] occur; happen; take place:twilight had not yet comehis father waited for a phone call that never camea chance like this doesn’t come along every day
be heard, perceived, or experienced:a voice came from the kitchenit came as a great shock
[with adverbial] (of a quality) become apparent or noticeable through actions or performance:as an actor your style and personality must come through
(come across or British over or US off) (of a person) appear or sound in a specified way; give a specified impression:he’d always come across as a decent sort
(of a thought or memory) enter one’s mind:the basic idea came to me while reading an articlea passage from a novel came back to Adam
3 [no object, with complement] take or occupy a specified position in space, order, or priority:prisons come well down the list of prioritiesI make sure my kids come first
achieve a specified place in a race or contest:she came second among sixty contestants
4 [no object, with complement] pass into a specified state, especially one of separation or disunion:his shirt had come undone
(come to/into) reach or be brought to a specified situation or result:you will come to no harmstaff who come into contact with the publicthe vehicle came to rest against a traffic signal
[with infinitive] eventually reach a certain condition or state of mind:he had come to realize she was no puppet
5 [no object, with adverbial] be sold, available, or found in a specified form:the cars come with a variety of extrasthe shirts come in three sizes
6 [no object] informal have an orgasm.
as —— as they come
used to describe someone or something that is a supreme example of the quality specified:Smith is as tough as they come
informal used to ask someone to repeat or explain something they have said:‘It’s a bit like Sherlock Holmes’s dog.’ ‘Come again?’Madge looked blankly at her. ‘Come again?’
come and go
arrive and then depart again; move around freely:he continued to come and go as he pleased
exist or be present for a limited time; be transitory:kings and queens may come and go, but the Crown goes on forever
come from behind
win after lagging.
come off it
[in imperative] informal said when vigorously expressing disbelief:‘Come off it, he’ll know that’s a lie.’
informal have a good outcome; end well:don’t worry—I’m sure it’ll come right
come the ——
informal play the part of; behave like:don’t come the innocent with me
come to nothing
have no significant or successful result in the end:he is convinced talk of a leadership challenge will come to nothing
come to pass
chiefly literary happen; occur:it came to pass that she had two sons
come to that (or if it comes to that)
British informal in fact (said to introduce an additional point):there isn’t a clock on the mantelpiece—come to that, there isn’t a mantelpiece!
come to think of it
on reflection (said when an idea or point occurs to one while one is speaking):come to think of it, that was very daring of you
come what may
no matter what happens:a woman was supposed to stand by her man all the time, come what may
have it coming (to one)
informal be due for retribution on account of something bad that one has done:his uppity sister-in-law had it coming to her
informal said when asking how or why something happened or is the case:how come you never married, Jimmy?
(following a noun) in the future:films that would inspire generations to comein years to come
where someone is coming from
informal someone’s meaning, motivation, or personality:George doesn’t know me, he doesn’t know where I’m coming from
1happen; take place:the relative speed with which emancipation came about
2(of a ship) change direction.
1meet or find by chance:I came across these old photos recently
2 informal hand over or provide what is wanted:she has come across with some details
(of a woman) agree to have sexual intercourse with a man.
[in imperative] said when encouraging someone or telling them to hurry up:That’s our man, Watson! Come along!
(of an action or event) be accompanied by; happen at the same time as:the cuts come amid increasing competition in Hong Kong