Phrasal verbs with Come
Come aboutto happen; to occur:
- Can you tell me how the damage came about?
- How did it come about that you stopped using traditional methods?
Come across1. to meet someone or find something unexpectedly:
- I came across some old coins in the drawer.
- I've never come across anyone like her.
- He didn’t come across very well in the interview.
- He comes across as an unpleasant person, but he’s actually nice.
Come along1. to arrive or appear:
- A job opportunity like this doesn't come along every day.
- Why do three buses always come along at once?
- We're going to the concert. Do you want to come along?
- If you go to the library, I'll come along.
- How is your French coming along?
- The talks are coming along very well.
Come apartto become separated into several pieces:
- The book was very old that it just came apart in my hands.
- The farmhouse was coming apart at the seams.
Come around/round1. to regain consciousness: (synonym: come to)
- The patient hasn't come round from the anaesthetic yet.
- I fainted from hunger but soon came around.
- Friday has come round quite quickly.
- I always feel much better when the spring comes around.
- He'll never come around to our point of view.
- I believe he will come around eventually.
Come awayto become removed from something:
- The heat from the radiator can cause the paper to come away from the wall.
- I turned the handle and it came away in my hand.
Come back1. to return to someone or something:
- She left her hometown at the age of 12 and has never come back.
- He hopes his ex-girlfriend will come back to him one day.
- When I saw the photos, the memories of my school days came rushing back.
- I can’t think of the woman’s name right now, but it’ll come back to me.
Come beforeto be presented to someone in authority:
- The issue will come before the court again.
- He came before the court on charges of racism.
Come betweento cause problems for a relationship between two people:
- We love each other and nothing will ever come between us.
- Don't let financial troubles come between you.
Come byto get something, especially something that is difficult to get:
- Jobs are not easy to come by nowadays.
- How did you come by that watch?
Come down1. to fall to the ground after breaking apart:
- Our apple trees came down in the storm.
- The ceiling came down in the blink of an eye.
- The snow was coming down so hard.
- Just as I was leaving home the rain started to come down.
- House prices are coming down.
- Interest rates have come down in the past few months.
Come down onto criticize someone very strongly or punish someone:
- They came down on him like a ton of bricks.
- The critics came down hard on the television series.
Come down withto become ill with a particular illness:
- I think I'm coming down with flu.
- I came down with a cold and missed the match
Come in1. to enter a place, such as a room or building:
- Come in and sit down.
- Welcome ‒ please come in.
- What time does your flight come in?
- That train just came in.
- News is coming in of a massive fire in Australia.
- Reports are just coming in of a serious accident on the freeway.
- My brother came in second place in the essay contest.
- I bet £100 on the horse that came in second.
Come in forto receive a negative reaction:
- The former minister has come in for a lot of criticism over his remark.
- The government came in for sharp criticism over its policies.
Come down toto be the essential aspect of something:
- In the end, it all comes down to money.
- It comes down to this: lack of experience.
Come intoto receive money, a house, etc. from someone after they have died:
- She came into all of that money when her aunt died.
- After his father died, he came into some money.
Come ofto be the result of something:
- We had a long discussion, but nothing came of it in the end.
- Did anything come of all those enquiries?
Come off1. to become removed from something:
- A button had come off my shirt.
- Don't pull too hard or the knob will come off.
- It was a good plan, but it didn’t quite come off.
- The summit never came off.
- He is trying to come off tranquilizers.
- I’ve come off the tablets because they were making me feel tired and giddy.
Come on1. said to encourage someone to do something or to hurry up:
- Come on! We’re going to be late.
- Come on! Give it a try.
- He’s coming on fine with his guitar playing.
- Your English is coming on nicely.
- What time does the heating come on in the morning?
- The street lights came on.
Come out1. to become publicly available:
- When will the new Matrix movie come out?
- The new edition will come out next month.
- The truth about the accident may never come out.
- There was public outrage when the details of the scandal came out.
- The clouds broke and the sun came out.
- The sun came out and we went for a walk in the park.
Come out withto say something unusual or unexpected:
- He came out with a feeble excuse.
- She sometimes comes out with strange ideas.
Come over1. to visit someone’s house, or to move from one place or country to another:
- Why don’t you come over for dinner tonight?
- Her great-grandparents came over from Ireland during the Irish potato famine.
- I do apologize. I don't know what came over me.
- A strange feeling began to come over me.
Come through1. to arrive (news or a message):
- The news is coming through of a large fire in the city centre.
- The call from the police came through at 4 o'clock.
- We've had some really tough times but we’ve come through together.
- He came through the operation very well.
Come to1. to remember or think of something:
- The idea came to me while driving.
- I can't remember her name, but it will come to me in a minute.
- The bill comes to $40.
- How much does that come to?
Come under1. to be forced to experience or suffer something, usually something unpleasant or dangerous:
- The government came under a lot of criticism over its policies.
- Our soldiers were under fire from enemy snipers.
- The bus service comes under the transport authority.
- When did the island come under French control?
Come up1. to be mentioned or discussed:
- The issue of overtime came up at the meeting yesterday.
- This topic comes up every month.
- I’m sorry that I can’t come – something’s come up.
- Please let us know if any vacancies come up.
- My birthday is coming up soon.
- We do have exams coming up.
- After the concert, a little girl came up and asked me for my autograph.
- A woman came up to him and asked the way to the station.
Come up againstto have to deal with a problem or difficult situation:
- We came up against very strong opposition to the plan.
- The new law came up against a lot of resistance.
Come up forto reach the time at which something must be done:
- The contract comes up for renewal at the end of the month.
- The policy comes up for review in August.
Come uponto find or discover something by chance:
- I came upon this old book in the loft.
- As we turned the corner, we came upon a charming little Italian restaurant.
Come up toto reach an acceptable standard or to be as good as you wanted or expected:
- His latest film didn't really come up to his usual standard.
- The new software didn't come up to expectations.
Come up withto suggest or think of something like an idea or plan:
- He came up with a less toxic method of pest control.
- They’ve come up with new ways of working more efficiently.