Phrasal Verbs Using 'Come'
Example:The meeting CAME ABOUT because both sides were sick of fighting.
Shift direction (nautical)
Example:The yacht CAME ABOUT to a heading of 240 degrees.
Find by accident
Example:I CAME ACROSS my old school reports when I was clearing out my desk.
Agree to have sex with someone
Example:I was surprised when she CAME ACROSS on the first night.
The way other people see you
Example:He CAME ACROSS as shy because he spoke so quietly.
Example:May I COME ALONG on your trip tomorrow?
Move faster or keep up
Example:COME ALONG, we’ll never get there if you don’t keep up with us.
Break into pieces
Example:It CAME APART when I tried to lift it off the floor and I had to glue it back together.
Example:It took several hours after the operation before he CAME AROUND.
Agree with or accept something you had previously disapproved of or disliked.
Example:They have started COMING AROUND TO our way of thinking and are less hostile.
Example:I left work and CAME BACK home early.
Appear in court charged with a crime or offence
Example:He CAME BEFORE the court on charges of speeding.
Example:I'll COME BY after work and see if you need any help.
Example:How did you COME BY that Rolex?
Example:Just look at the rain COMING DOWN! I'm not going out in that.
Example:When you're next in London, COME DOWN and see us.
Example:The management really CAME DOWN ON him for losing the contract.
Amount to, be the most important aspect
Example:It all COMES DOWN TO a question of who tries hardest.
Criticise, reprimand severely
Example:They will COME DOWN UPON us if we are late.
Example:She CAME DOWN WITH a virus.
Example:The draft proposal CAME FORTH in April.
Example:None of the witnesses CAME FORTH WITH an accurate description of the gang.
Country or town where you were born
Example:She COMES FROM Somalia.
Arrive for flights
Example:The plane CAME IN at two-thirty in the morning.
Place or ranking in a competition, etc.
Example:I did my best but CAME IN last but one in the race.
Example:Reports are just COMING IN of an assassination attempt on the President.
Receive (criticism or praise)
Example:Jack\'s COME IN FOR quite a lot of criticism of late.
Be important or relevant
Example:Money doesn't COME INTO it; I simply will not do it under any circumstances.
Example:She CAME INTO a lot of money when her grandmother died.
Start being used
Example:The computerised system CAME INTO USE at the end of last year.
When something breaks off
Example:I picked it up and the handle CAME OFF in my hand.
Example:I was surprised when the plan CAME OFF so easily.
I don't believe what you're saying; used as an imperative
Example:COME OFF IT; tell me the truth for goodness' sake.
Example:COME ON; don't give up now when you're so close to finishing.
Start an illness
Example:I've got a bit of a headache. I hope it doesn't mean I've got flu COMING ON.
Start functioning (machines, etc)
Example:The central heating COMES ON automatically an hour before I have to get up.
A secret is revealed
Example:The details of the scandal CAME OUT in the press and she had to resign.
Be published or otherwise available to the public
Example:The band's new CD is COMING OUT in September.
Disappear when washed
Example:The red wine I spilt just will not COME OUT of the carpet no matter what I try to clean it with.
Let people know that you are lesbian or gay
Example:She CAME OUT at university and has been living with her partner, Jane, for the last couple of years.
When the sun appears
Example:It started cloudy, but then the sun CAME OUT and we all went to the park.
Have a rash or similar skin problem
Example:She CAME OUT IN a nasty rash after touching the poisonous plant by mistake.
Example:After three years, he CAME OUT OF the coma.
Make something available
Example:They have just COME OUT WITH a new version.
Say something publicly and unexpectedly
Example:She CAME OUT WITH the answer when everyone was expecting it to remain unsolved.
Example:I CAME OVER all faint and weak because my sugar level was too low. (British)
Affect mentally in such a way as to change behaviour (possibly related to 'overcome')
Example:I'm sorry about last night - I don't know what CAME OVER me.
Become conscious, wake up from anaesthetic
Example:She CAME ROUND and learned that the operation had been a complete success.
Change your opinion
Example:At first she didn't like the idea, but she CAME ROUND to our way of thinking in the end.
Arrive (messages and information)
Example:News is COMING THROUGH of a major accident on the M25, where freezing fog has been making driving conditions extremely dangerous.
Communicate an emotion
Example:The anger she felt COMES THROUGH.
Produce a result
Example:They promised they'd do it, but they haven't COME THROUGH yet.
Provide something needed
Example:He didn't COME THROUGH WITH the money and they went bust.
Become conscious, wake up from anaesthetic
Example:She CAME TO an hour after the operation.
Example:The two men started arguing but they soon CAME TO blows and started fighting in earnest.
Example:I'll be late home tonight because something's COME UP at work has to be ready for tomorrow morning.
Rise (the sun)
Example:The sun CAME UP just as we reached the outskirts of the town.
Encounter problems or difficulties
Example:They CAME UP AGAINST a lot of opposition to their plans for an out-of-town supermarket development.
Think of a solution, excuse, etc.
Example:Nobody could COME UP WITH a satisfactory explanation for the accident.
Find by chance
Example:I CAME UPON the book in a little second-hand bookshop in Dorset.