Idioms

    come and go, to occur briefly or suddenly but never for long; appear and disappear.
    come down on the side of, to support or favor: I want to come down on the side of truth and justice.
    come home, Nautical.
    1. (of an anchor) to begin to drag.
    2. (of an object) to move when hauled upon.
    come off, Informal.
    1. to happen; occur.
    2. to reach the end; acquit oneself: to come off with honors.
    3. to be given or completed; occur; result: Her speech came off very well.
    4. to succeed; be successful: The end of the novel just doesn't come off.
    come off it, Informal. to stop being wrong, foolish, or pretentious; be truthful or honest: Come off it—we know you're as poor as the rest of us.
    come to pass, to happen; occur.
    come what may, no matter what may happen; regardless of any opposition, argument, or consequences: Come what may, he will not change his mind.
    where one is coming from, Slang. where the source of one's beliefs, attitudes, or feelings lies: It's hard to understand where your friend is coming from when he says such crazy things.

Origin of come

before 900; Middle English comen, Old English cuman; cognate with Dutch komen, German kommen, Gothic qiman, Old Norse koma, Latin venīre (see avenue), Greek baínein (see basis), Sanskrit gácchati (he) goes

Antonyms for come

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Related Words for come down on

scold, attack, rebuke, reprimand

British Dictionary definitions for come down on

come

verb comes, coming, came or come (mainly intr)

to move towards a specified person or placecome to my desk
to arrive by movement or by making progress
to become perceptiblelight came into the sky
to occur in the course of timeChristmas comes but once a year
to exist or occur at a specific point in a seriesyour turn comes next
to happen as a resultno good will come of this
to originate or be derivedgood may come of evil
to occur to the mindthe truth suddenly came to me
to extend or reachshe comes up to my shoulder
to be produced or offeredthat dress comes in red only
to arrive at or be brought into a particular state or conditionyou will soon come to grief; the new timetable comes into effect on Monday
(foll by from) to be or have been a resident or native (of)I come from London
to becomeyour wishes will come true
(tr; takes an infinitive) to be given awarenessI came to realize its enormous value
(of grain) to germinate
slang to have an orgasm
(tr) British informal to play the part ofdon't come the fine gentleman with me
(tr) British informal to cause or producedon't come that nonsense again
(subjunctive use) when (a specified time or event has arrived or begun)she'll be sixteen come Sunday; come the revolution, you'll be the first to go
as…as they come the most characteristic example of a class or type
come again? informal what did you say?
come and (imperative or dependent imperative) to move towards a particular person or thing or accompany a person with some specified purposecome and see what I've found
come clean informal to make a revelation or confession
come good informal to recover and perform well after a bad start or setback
come it slang
  1. to pretend; act a part
  2. to exaggerate
  3. (often foll by over)to try to impose (upon)
  4. to divulge a secret; inform the police
come to light to be revealed
come to light with Australian and NZ informal to find or produce
come to pass archaic to take place
how come? informal what is the reason that?

interjection

an exclamation expressing annoyance, irritation, etccome now!; come come!

noun taboo, slang

semen

Word Origin for come

Old English cuman; related to Old Norse koma, Gothic qiman, Old High German queman to come, Sanskrit gámati he goes
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Word Origin and History for come down on

come

v.

Old English cuman "come, approach, land; come to oneself, recover; arrive; assemble" (class IV strong verb; past tense cuom, com, past participle cumen), from Proto-Germanic *kwem- (cf. Old Saxon cuman, Old Frisian kuma, Middle Dutch comen, Dutch komen, Old High German queman, German kommen, Old Norse koma, Gothic qiman), from PIE root *gwa-, *gwem- "to go, come" (cf. Sanskrit gamati "he goes," Avestan jamaiti "goes," Tocharian kakmu "come," Lithuanian gemu "to be born," Greek bainein "to go, walk, step," Latin venire "to come").

The substitution of Middle English -o- for Old English -u- before -m-, -n-, or -r- was a scribal habit before minims to avoid misreading the letters in the old style handwriting, which jammed letters. The practice similarly transformed some, monk, tongue, worm. Modern past tense form came is Middle English, probably from Old Norse kvam, replacing Old English cuom.

Remarkably productive with prepositions (NTC's "Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs" lists 198 combinations); consider the varied senses in come to "regain consciousness," come over "possess" (as an emotion), come at "attack," come on (interj.) "be serious," and come off "occur." For sexual senses, see cum.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with come down on

come down on

Also, come down upon.

1

Also, come down hard on. Punish or reprimand severely. For example, My professor is going to come down on me for not completing the paper, or The judge promised to come down hard on drug dealers. [Early 1600s] Also see like a ton of bricks.

2

Oppose, voice one's opposition, as in The President came down on the new budget cuts, promising to veto them. [Late 1800s]

3

come down on the side of. Make a choice or decision in favor of, plump for, as in I'll come down on the side of those who are needy.

come

In addition to the idioms beginning with come

  • come about
  • come across
  • come again?
  • come alive
  • come along
  • come a long way
  • come and get it
  • come and go
  • come apart at the seams
  • come around
  • come at
  • come back
  • come between
  • come by
  • come clean
  • come down
  • come down on
  • come down the pike
  • come down to
  • come down with
  • comedy of errors
  • come forward
  • come from
  • come from behind
  • come full circle
  • come hell or high water
  • come home to roost
  • come in
  • come in for
  • come in from the cold
  • come in handy
  • come in out of the rain, know enough to
  • come into
  • come of
  • come of age
  • come off
  • come off it
  • come on
  • come one's way
  • come on in
  • come on strong
  • come on to
  • come out
  • come out ahead
  • come out for
  • come out in the wash, it will
  • come out of
  • come out of nowhere
  • come out of the closet
  • come out with
  • come over
  • come round
  • come through
  • come to
  • come to a halt
  • come to a head
  • come to an end
  • come to blows
  • come to grief
  • come to grips with
  • come to life
  • come to light
  • come to mind
  • come to no good
  • come to nothing
  • come to one's senses
  • come to pass
  • come to terms
  • come to that
  • come to the point
  • come to the same thing
  • come to think of it
  • come true
  • come under
  • come unglued
  • come up
  • come up against
  • come up in the world
  • come upon
  • come up roses
  • come up to
  • come up with
  • come what may
  • come with the territory

also see:

  • bigger they come
  • cross a bridge when one comes to it
  • dream come true
  • easy come, easy go
  • first come, first served
  • full circle, come
  • get one's comeuppance
  • (come) to the point
  • how come
  • if the mountain won't come to Muhammad
  • if worst comes to worst
  • Johnny-come-lately
  • know enough to come in out of the rain
  • make a comeback
  • of age, come
  • on the scene, come
  • out of nowhere, come
  • push comes to shove
  • ship comes in, when one's
  • till the cows come home
  • what goes around comes around
  • when it comes down to

Also see undercoming.

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