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[uhp-uh n-kuhm-ing] /ˈʌp ənˈkʌm ɪŋ/
likely to succeed; bright and industrious:
an up-and-coming young executive.
Origin of up-and-coming
An Americanism dating back to 1840-50
Related forms
up-and-comer, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I was all for taking her in because she is so gol darned pretty and up-and-coming.

    The Comings of Cousin Ann Emma Speed Sampson
  • Honey, I didn't mean——You were the only up-and-coming person in the bunch.

    Main Street Sinclair Lewis
  • No, hes got something better; hes got an up-and-coming wife who works just as hard as Zeph—looks.

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    Ralph Henry Barbour
  • You would think an up-and-coming scientific man would want a hospital at one elbow and a morgue at the other.

    Dear Enemy Jean Webster
  • This up-and-coming station on the route which binds Numidia with Africa is possessed of a remarkable source of fresh-water supply.

British Dictionary definitions for up-and-coming


promising continued or future success; enterprising
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for up-and-coming



Promising and energetic: I gathered a few up-and-coming young writers for my staff (1848+)

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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