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    I'm onto you/ Come up with

    What is the exact meaning of "I'm onto you"? I've heard from TV series but couldn't find its meaning on any dictionaries.

    One more question, if I didn't bring the article as the professor assigned, I told him "I didn't come up with the article this week." Is it able to convey that I forgot to bring it? or it would convey that I looked for the article but I couldn't find the right one? I'm not really get the exact meaning of it or I might use it in the wrong situation.

    Please help.


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    Re: I'm onto you/ Come up with

    'onto someone' means to be close to/or having discovered the truth about an illegal or undesirable activity that someone is engaging in.
    'undesirable' covers a multitude. If someone is trying to cause trouble for someone, they may confront the person with, "I'm onto you, feller-me-lad. I know your little game. Keep it up and you'll be sorry."

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    'be onto something' meaning to have an idea or information that is likely to lead to an important discovery. Often used in movies about the reporter sniffing out a story for a big scoop, and he has a hot lead - 'he's onto something' that could lead to the exposť of a big shot.

    'come up with' means to produce something, especially when pressured by time, or challenged; 'to deliver the goods'. Everyday, a political cartoonist has to read the news to appear in the next day's paper, and come up with a satirical cartoon comment on the news before the paper goes to bed.
    'goes to bed' = is printed.
    Last edited by David L.; 26-Oct-2008 at 23:23.

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    Re: I'm onto you/ Come up with

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    'come up with' means to produce something, especially when pressured by time, or challenged; 'to deliver the goods'. Everyday, a political cartoonist has to read the news to appear in the next day's paper, and come up with a satirical cartoon comment on the news before the paper goes to bed.
    'goes to bed' = is printed.

    Right.... that's why the professor looked a little lost when I said that.

    Thanks.

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