The following idioms and expressions use the verb 'come'. Each idiom or expression has a definition and two example sentences to help understanding of these common idiomatic expressions with 'come'. Once you have studied these expressions, test your knowledge with quiz testing idioms and expressions with come.
Come apart at the seams
Definition: completely lose emotional control
There's no need to come apart at the seams. Things will get better.
On hearing of the death of his friend, Peter came apart at the seams.
Come away empty-handed
Definition: return from a meeting, situation or other event without any gain
We came away empty-handed from the negotiations.
The competition was so intense that our company came away empty-handed.
Come by something
Definition: travel by means of some vehicle
We came by train.
Did you come by plane or by car?
Come down in the world
Definition: lose financial or social prestige and position
I'm afraid Tom has come down in the world. Life's been pretty hard for him lately.
I think you're taking too much risk. You might come down in the world.
Come full circle
Definition: return to an original state
At first life was very difficult for Jane. However, things eventually came full circle and she returned to power.
Looks like things have come full circle! How does it feel?
Come in out of the rain
Definition: start paying attention to a situation
If he doesn't come in out of the rain, things will get out of control.
Alex, come in out of the rain! Open your eyes to what is happening!
Come into one's own
Definition: begin having success and satisfaction in life
Since he was appointed to vice-president, he's really come into his own.
Keep working hard. One day you'll come into your own.
Come of age
Definition: reach maturity required to do something such as marry, drink, vote, etc.
You can have a beer once you come of age.
When this generation comes of age, they'll be more ecologically alert.
Come out ahead
Definition: to be in a position of profit, or advantage after an event
It was difficult, but in the end we came out ahead.
Yes, higher education is expensive. However, in the end, you'll come out ahead.
Come to a bad end
Definition: end in disaster
I'm afraid Jack has come to a bad end.
If you don't change your behavior, you'll come to a bad end.
Come to a dead end
Definition: arrive at an impasse in a situation, not be able to move forward
We'll have to rethink everything. We've come to absolute dead end.
They changed strategies once they came to a dead end.
Come to a head
Definition: reach a point of crisis when action is called for
Things are coming to a head, we have to make a decision.
I think everything will come to a head next month.
Come to an untimely end
Definition: die before ones time
His crazy driving brought him to an untimely end.
She came to an untimely end last year.
Come to a standstill
Definition: not able to make any progress forward
Can you help me? I've come to a standstill on this project.
We came to a standstill and had to rethink everything.
Come to grips with something
Definition: deal with something difficult
I'll have to come to grips with this problem if I want to succeed.
I think you first need to come to grips with his complaints before you move forward.
Come to light
Definition: become known
A number of facts have come to light which change everything.
A new solution has come to light.
Come to one's senses
Definition: begin thinking clearly about a situation
Alan, come to your senses! It's not going to happen.
She finally came to her senses and left her husband.
Come to pass
Definition: to occur
Everything I had predicted came to pass.
The prophecy has come to pass.
Definition: Become real
Hard work and patience can help make your dreams come true.
Did his plans come true?
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