Purple Level

Lesson Eleven — extended practice with idioms


come / came / come / coming

come across = to appear; to give an impression.

I just met my new neighbor. He comes across as a really nice guy.

come again = say that again; repeat.

A: It looks like it’s going to rain.

B: What? Come again? I didn’t hear what you said.

A: I said it looks like it’s going to rain.

come around = to gradually agree;

At first Li’s wife was against his decision to open a restaurant, but eventually she came around.

come back = return to an earlier period of time.

Living in the city is coming back as a social phenomenon in the United States, while living in the suburbs is on the way out.

come clean = tell the truth

The principal of the school asked the football players to come clean regarding a greased pig found inside the school during the school day.

come down = to be high and then return to normalcy later.

It took Roy several hours to come down after taking some Oxycontin given to him by his friend, Rush. (Oxycontin is a legal prescription drug that is popular among people who abuse drugs.)

come off = to appear

She comes off as a snob at parties. (snob = a person who thinks he or she is the social or intellectual superior of others.)

come on = 1. similar to "please" but not a very polite way of asking for something. 2. An interjection used to offer encouragement, especially in sports and competitive environments.

1. Why can’t I borrow your car? Come on!

2. Come on, you can do it! Just one more mile!

come out = to reveal one’s true self, often used for people who are gay(homosexual), but this can be used for other situations when a person has a secret and then decides to reveal the truth. Also, come out of the closet.

No one was really surprised when Bruce came out of the closet and announced that he was gay, and very few people really cared.

come through = to provide something that is necessary.

When Juanita asked her neighbors for help, they came through for her.

come to = to regain consciousness.

One of the drivers involved in the accident finally came to several days afterwards.

come to = a total amount, often used for bills when shopping or at the grocery store.

What does our bill come to?

come unglued = to lose control; to go a little crazy.

Try not to come too unglued when you see your son’s report card from school.

come up against = to work against opposition; to face adversity.

If they decide to open a bar in that neighborhood, they’re going to come up against a lot of opposition from the people who live there.

come up with = to create something, especially an idea; to find something quickly, especially money.

We need to come up with $900 before the end of the month in order to pay the rent.

come with = to provide an accessory; to give something extra, usually in a purchase.

If you buy this computer, it comes with a lot of free software.

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