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[kuhm-on, -awn] /ˈkʌmˌɒn, -ˌɔn/
noun, Slang.
inducement; lure.
Origin of come-on
1895-1900, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase come on Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But I'm not such a come-on as to hand you half a million or so and get a promise in return.

    Personality Plus Edna Ferber
  • The guy, or the come-on, as the victim was styled in the swindlers argot, when he appeared was handled in various ways.

  • A small American brig, which was not deemed fit to double the capes, and to come-on a stormy coast, was on sale.

    The Crater James Fenimore Cooper
  • From the lips of the Mud Turtle, who had silently joined the group, came a come-on verdict.

    Lady Luck Hugh Wiley
  • He was also pitching a come-on at Brinker, for he'd seen him with some letters while they were prisoners.

    Comet's Burial Raymond Zinke Gallun
  • “Not this morning,” returned Wallingford, accepting his rôle of derided “come-on” with smiling fortitude.

    Young Wallingford George Randolph Chester
  • With their body-tremors they are giving the "come-on" signal to the workers.

    The Brain Alexander Blade
  • It can't be possible that a seasoned veteran of two years' experience can pick up points from a come-on?

Slang definitions & phrases for come-on



: football bowls baited with $100,000 or so of come-on money


Anything designed to attract or seduce; an enticement: I gave her a big grin, but she knew it was a come-on (1902+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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