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    #1

    come off meaning?

    What does the phrase ''come off'' in the sentence ''I might come off as negative'' mean?

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    Re: come off meaning?

    Appear. Be perceived as.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #3

    Re: come off meaning?

    I know it as "come over as".

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    Re: come off meaning?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I know it as "come over as".
    I haven't heard that, so I'm glad to know about this varient.
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    Re: come off meaning?

    I, like bhai, use 'come over' (and 'come across') rather than 'come off'.

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    Re: come off meaning?

    Perhaps "come off" is the expression used in AmE, while "come over" is in BrE.

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    Re: come off meaning?

    I expect that's exactly the situation. But until this thread, I would have "corrected" someone who had written "cover over" to the "right" form.
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    Re: come off meaning?

    Predictive text malfunction?

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    Re: come off meaning?

    Quote Originally Posted by eggcracker View Post
    What does the phrase ''come off'' in the sentence ''I might come off as negative'' mean?
    (come across or chiefly Brit. over or US off) give a specified impression.

    be sold or available in a specified form:

    the shirt comes in three sizes.



    informal have an orgasm.

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    Re: come off meaning?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mohammadhelmi View Post
    (come across or chiefly Brit. over or US off) give a specified impression.
    If that is taken from a dictionary, please credit your source. There are two important reasons for this - (1) It's a matter of courtesy; (2) We have to be very careful about copyright laws. Thank you.
    be sold or available in a specified form:

    the shirt comes in three sizes
    informal have an orgasm.
    These do not seem to be relevant here.

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