[pas, pahs]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to move past; go by: to pass another car on the road.
  2. to let go without notice, action, remark, etc.; leave unconsidered; disregard; overlook: Pass chapter two and go on to chapter three.
  3. to omit the usual or regular payment of: The company decided to pass its dividend in the third quarter of the year.
  4. to cause or allow to go through or beyond a gate, barrier, etc.: The guard checked the identification papers and then passed the visitor.
  5. to go across or over (a stream, threshold, etc.); cross.
  6. to endure or undergo: They passed the worst night of their lives.
  7. to undergo or complete successfully: to pass an examination.
  8. to cause or permit to complete successfully (an investigation, examination, course of study, etc.): I am passing the whole class this term.
  9. to go beyond (a point, degree, stage, etc.); transcend; exceed; surpass.
  10. to cause to go or extend farther: to pass a rope through a hole.
  11. to cause to go, move, or march by: to pass troops in review.
  12. to allot to oneself (a portion of time); spend: He decided to pass a year abroad.
  13. to live through, utilize, or fill; occupy oneself during: How to pass the time?
  14. to cause to circulate or spread; disseminate: to pass rumors.
  15. to cause to be accepted or received: to pass a worthless check.
  16. to convey, transfer, or transmit; deliver (often followed by on): Pass this memo on after reading it.
  17. to convey from one person, hand, etc., to another: Please pass the salt.
  18. to pledge: to pass one's word of honor to remain loyal.
  19. to utter, pronounce, or speak: She passed a remark about every passerby.
  20. to cause to go through something, as a process or agency: to pass returning travelers through customs.
  21. to discharge or void from the body, as excrement or a kidney stone.
  22. to sanction or approve, especially by vote: Congress passed the bill.
  23. to obtain the approval or sanction of (a legislative body, committee, etc.), especially by a vote: The bill passed Congress on the second vote.
  24. to express or pronounce, as an opinion: to pass judgment without knowing the facts.
  25. Law. to place legal title or interest in (another) by a conveyance, a will, or other transfer.
  26. (in feats of magic) to perform a pass on.
  27. Tennis. to make a passing shot against (an opponent).
  28. Sports. to transfer (the ball or puck) to a teammate.
  29. Bullfighting. (of a bullfighter) to provoke and guide the charge of (a bull) with the capa or especially the muleta.
verb (used without object)
  1. to go or move onward; proceed.
  2. to come to or toward, then go beyond: to pass by a shop; to pass through town.
  3. to go away; depart: The dizzy feeling will pass in a minute.
  4. to elapse or slip by; be spent: The day passed very quickly for him.
  5. to come to an end: The crisis soon passed.
  6. to die.
  7. to take place; happen; occur: What passed while I was on vacation?
  8. to go by or move past: The funeral procession passed slowly.
  9. to go about or circulate; be current.
  10. to serve as a marginally acceptable substitute: The facsimile isn't very good but it will pass.
  11. to live or be known as a member of a racial, religious, or ethnic group other than one's own, especially to live and be known as a white person although of black ancestry.
  12. to be transferred or conveyed: The crown passed to the king's nephew.
  13. to be interchanged, as between two persons: Sharp words passed between them.
  14. to undergo transition or conversion: to pass from a solid to a liquid state.
  15. to go or get through a barrier, test, course of study, etc., successfully: Of the twenty who took the exam, only twelve passed.
  16. to go unheeded, unchallenged, or unremarked on: He decided to let the insult pass.
  17. to express or pronounce an opinion, judgment, verdict, etc. (usually followed by on or upon): Will you pass on the authenticity of this drawing?
  18. to be voided, as excrement or a kidney stone.
  19. to obtain the vote of approval or sanction of a legislative body, official committee, or the like: The new tax bill finally passed.
  20. Law.
    1. (of a member of an inquest or other deliberative body) to sit (usually followed by on or upon): to pass on a case of manslaughter.
    2. to adjudicate.
    3. to vest title or other legal interest in real or personal property in a new owner.
  21. to throw a ball from one person to another, as in a game of catch.
  22. Sports. to make a pass, as in football or ice hockey.
  23. Cards.
    1. to forgo one's opportunity to bid, play, etc.
    2. to throw in one's hand.
  24. Fencing Obsolete. to thrust or lunge.
  1. an act of passing.
  2. a narrow route across a relatively low notch or depression in a mountain barrier.
  3. a road, channel, or other way providing a means of passage, as through an obstructed region or other barrier.
  4. a navigable channel, as at the mouth or in the delta of a river.
  5. a permission or license to pass, go, come, or enter.
  6. Military.
    1. a military document granting the right to cross lines or to enter or leave a military or naval base or building.
    2. written authority given a soldier to leave a station or duty for a specified period of time.
  7. a free ticket or permit: two passes to a concert; a railroad pass.
  8. South African. reference book(def 2).
  9. Chiefly British. the act of passing a university or school examination or course without honors or distinction.
  10. Sports. the transfer of a ball or puck from one teammate to another.
  11. Baseball. base on balls.
  12. Fencing. a thrust or lunge.
  13. a single movement, effort, maneuver, etc.: He made a pass at the control tower of the enemy airfield.
  14. Informal.
    1. a gesture, action, or remark that is intended to be sexually inviting; amorous overture.
    2. a jab or poke with the arm, especially one that misses its mark.
  15. Cards. the act or statement of not bidding or raising another bid: There have been two passes and now it's your bid.
  16. (in feats of magic)
    1. a passing of the hand over, along, or before anything.
    2. the transference or changing of objects by or as by sleight of hand; a manipulation, as of a juggler.
  17. a particular stage or state of affairs: The economic situation had come to a dreadful pass.
  18. Bullfighting. a pase.
  19. one passage of a tool over work or one passage of work through a machine.
  20. Archaic. a witty remark or thrust.
  21. Mining. an opening for delivering coal or ore to a lower level underground.
Verb Phrases
  1. pass along/through, to add (incurred extra costs or expenses) to the amount charged a client or customer: Airlines were passing along the sudden increase in fuel prices.
  2. pass away,
    1. to cease; end: All this trouble will pass away.
    2. to die: He passed away during the night.
  3. pass for/as, to be accepted as; be considered: material that passed for silk; The candidate could pass as Latino or Anglo, appealing to both constituencies.
  4. pass off,
    1. to present or offer (something) under false pretenses; dispose of deceptively: to pass off a spurious de Kooning on a gullible buyer.
    2. to cause to be accepted or received under a false identity: He passed himself off as a doctor.
    3. to cease gradually; end: The headache passed off in the late afternoon.
    4. to disregard or ignore.
    5. to continue to completion; occur: The meeting passed off without incident.
  5. pass on, to die: The patient passed on after a long illness.
  6. pass over,
    1. to disregard; ignore: Just pass over the first part of his letter.
    2. to fail to take notice of, consider, or choose: He was passed over for the promotion.
  7. pass up, to refuse or neglect to take advantage of; reject: The opportunity may not come again, so don't pass it up.
  1. bring to pass, to cause to happen; bring about: His wife's death brought to pass a change in his attitude toward religion.
  2. come to pass, to occur; happen: Strange things came to pass.
  3. pass muster. muster(def 11).
  4. pass out, Informal.
    1. to lose consciousness; faint.
    2. to die; pass away.
    3. to distribute, especially individually by hand: to pass out discount coupons on a street corner.
    4. to walk or march out or through; leave or exit by means of: The graduates will pass out the center aisle after receiving their diplomas. Pass out this door and turn left.
    5. to be exempted or promoted from: Jerry passed out of freshman composition on the basis of his entering essay.

Origin of pass

1175–1225; (v.) Middle English passen < Old French passer < Vulgar Latin *passāre, derivative of Latin passus step, pace1; (noun) Middle English; in part < Middle French passe (noun derivative of passer), in part noun derivative of passen
Related formspass·less, adjectiveout·pass, verb (used with object)sub·pass, noun

Synonyms for pass

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35, 76b, 79. See die1.


verb (used without object), came, come, com·ing.
  1. to approach or move toward a particular person or place: Come here. Don't come any closer!
  2. to arrive by movement or in the course of progress: The train from Boston is coming.
  3. to approach or arrive in time, in succession, etc.: Christmas comes once a year. I'll come to your question next.
  4. to move into view; appear.
  5. to extend; reach: The dress comes to her knees.
  6. to take place; occur; happen: Success comes to those who strive.
  7. to occur at a certain point, position, etc.: Tuesday comes after Monday. Her aria comes in the third act.
  8. to be available, produced, offered, etc.: Toothpaste comes in a tube.
  9. to occur to the mind: The idea just came to me.
  10. to befall: They promised no harm would come to us.
  11. to issue; emanate; be derived: Peaches come from trees. Good results do not come from careless work.
  12. to arrive or appear as a result: This comes of carelessness.
  13. to enter or be brought into a specified state or condition: to come into popular use.
  14. to do or manage; fare: She's coming along well with her work.
  15. to enter into being or existence; be born: The baby came at dawn.
  16. to have been a resident or to be a native of (usually followed by from): She comes from Florida.
  17. to become: His shoes came untied.
  18. to seem to become: His fears made the menacing statues come alive. The work will come easy with a little practice.
  19. (used in the imperative to call attention or to express impatience, anger, remonstrance, etc.): Come, that will do!
  20. to germinate, as grain.
  21. Informal. to have an orgasm.
verb (used with object), came, come, com·ing.
  1. Chiefly British. to do; perform; accomplish.
  2. Informal. to play the part of: to come the grande dame.
  1. Slang: Vulgar. semen.
Verb Phrases
  1. come about,
    1. to come to pass; happen.
    2. tack.
  2. come across,
    1. Also come find or encounter, especially by chance: I came across this picture when I was cleaning out the attic. We suddenly came upon a deer while walking in the woods.
    2. make good one's promise, as to pay a debt, do what is expected, etc.: to come across with the rent.
    3. to be understandable or convincing: The moral of this story doesn't come across.
    4. make a particular impression; comport oneself: She comes across as a very cold person.
  3. come again, (used as a request to repeat a statement).
  4. come along,
    1. to accompany someone, attend as part of a group: He didn't come along on the last trip.
    2. to proceed, develop, or advance sufficiently or successfully: The new project was coming along quite smoothly.
    3. to appear; emerge as a factor or possibility: Even if another job comes along this summer, I won't take it.
  5. come around/round,
    1. to recover consciousness; revive.
    2. to change one's opinion, decision, etc., especially to agree with another's.
    3. to visit: Come around more often.
    4. to cease being angry, hurt, etc.
  6. come at,
    1. to arrive at; attain.
    2. to rush at; attack: The watchdog came at the intruder.
  7. come back,
    1. to return, especially to one's memory: It all comes back to me now.
    2. to return to a former position or state.
    3. to talk back; retort: to come back with a witty remark.
  8. come between, to cause to be estranged or antagonized: Love of money came between the brothers.
  9. come by, to obtain; acquire: How did he ever come by so much money?
  10. come down,
    1. to lose wealth, rank, etc.; be reduced in circumstances or status.
    2. to be handed down by tradition or inheritance.
    3. to be relayed or passed along from a source of higher rank or authority: The general's orders will come down tomorrow.
    4. take place; happen.
    5. lose one's euphoria, enthusiasm, or especially the effects of a drug high.
  11. come down on/upon,
    1. to voice one's opposition to: She came down on increased spending and promised to cut the budget.
    2. to reprimand; scold: He came down on me for getting to work late.
  12. come down with, to become afflicted with (an illness): Many people came down with the flu this year.
  13. come forward, to offer one's services; present oneself; volunteer: When the president called for volunteers, several members of our group came forward.
  14. come in,
    1. to enter.
    2. to arrive.
    3. to come into use or fashion.
    4. to begin to produce or yield: The oil well finally came in.
    5. to be among the winners: His horse came in and paid 5 to 1.
    6. to finish in a race or any competition, as specified: Our bobsled team came in fifth.
  15. come in for, to receive; get; be subjected to: This plan will no doubt come in for a great deal of criticism.
  16. come into,
    1. to acquire; get.
    2. to inherit: He came into a large fortune at the age of 21.
  17. come on,
    1. Also come meet or find unexpectedly.
    2. to make progress; develop; flourish.
    3. to appear on stage; make one's entrance.
    4. to begin; appear: The last showing will be coming on in a few minutes.
    5. Informal.(used chiefly in the imperative) to hurry; begin: Come on, before it rains!
    6. Informal.(as an entreaty or attempt at persuasion) please: Come on, go with us to the movies.
    7. try to make an impression or have an effect; present oneself: She comes on a bit too strong for my taste.
    8. make sexual advances: a Lothario who was always coming on with the women at the office.
  18. come on to, Slang. to make sexual advances to.
  19. come out,
    1. to be published; appear.
    2. to become known; be revealed.
    3. to make a debut in society, the theater, etc.
    4. to end; terminate; emerge: The fight came out badly, as both combatants were injured.
    5. to make more or less public acknowledgment of being homosexual.
  20. come out for, to endorse or support publicly: The newspaper came out for the reelection of the mayor.
  21. come out with,
    1. to speak, especially to confess or reveal something.
    2. to make available to the public; bring out: The publisher is coming out with a revised edition of the textbook.
  22. come over,
    1. to happen to; affect: What's come over him?
    2. to change sides or positions; change one's mind: He was initially against the plan, but he's come over now.
    3. to visit informally: Our neighbors came over last night and we had a good chat.
  23. come round,
    1. come(def 29).
    2. Nautical.(of a sailing vessel) to head toward the wind; come to.
  24. come through,
    1. to endure or finish successfully.
    2. do as expected or hoped; perform; succeed: We knew you'd come through for us.
    3. experience religious conversion.
  25. come to,
    1. to recover consciousness.
    2. to amount to; total.
    3. take the way off a vessel, as by bringing her head into the wind or anchoring.
  26. come under,
    1. to fit into a category or classification: This play comes under the heading of social criticism.
    2. to be the province or responsibility of: This matter comes under the State Department.
  27. come up,
    1. to be referred to; arise: The subject kept coming up in conversation.
    2. to be presented for action or discussion: The farm bill comes up for consideration next Monday.
  28. come upon. come(defs 26a, 41a).
  29. come up to,
    1. to approach; near: A panhandler came up to us in the street.
    2. to compare with as to quantity, excellence, etc.; match; equal: This piece of work does not come up to your usual standard.
  30. come up with, to produce; supply: Can you come up with the right answer?
  1. come and go, to occur briefly or suddenly but never for long; appear and disappear.
  2. come down on the side of, to support or favor: I want to come down on the side of truth and justice.
  3. come home, Nautical.
    1. (of an anchor) to begin to drag.
    2. (of an object) to move when hauled upon.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. come to pass, to happen; occur.
  7. come what may, no matter what may happen; regardless of any opposition, argument, or consequences: Come what may, he will not change his mind.
  8. 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for come to pass


verb comes, coming, came or come (mainly intr)
  1. to move towards a specified person or placecome to my desk
  2. to arrive by movement or by making progress
  3. to become perceptiblelight came into the sky
  4. to occur in the course of timeChristmas comes but once a year
  5. to exist or occur at a specific point in a seriesyour turn comes next
  6. to happen as a resultno good will come of this
  7. to originate or be derivedgood may come of evil
  8. to occur to the mindthe truth suddenly came to me
  9. to extend or reachshe comes up to my shoulder
  10. to be produced or offeredthat dress comes in red only
  11. 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
  12. (foll by from) to be or have been a resident or native (of)I come from London
  13. to becomeyour wishes will come true
  14. (tr; takes an infinitive) to be given awarenessI came to realize its enormous value
  15. (of grain) to germinate
  16. slang to have an orgasm
  17. (tr) British informal to play the part ofdon't come the fine gentleman with me
  18. (tr) British informal to cause or producedon't come that nonsense again
  19. (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
  20. as…as they come the most characteristic example of a class or type
  21. come again? informal what did you say?
  22. 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
  23. come clean informal to make a revelation or confession
  24. come good informal to recover and perform well after a bad start or setback
  25. 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
  26. come to light to be revealed
  27. come to light with Australian and NZ informal to find or produce
  28. come to pass archaic to take place
  29. how come? informal what is the reason that?
  1. an exclamation expressing annoyance, irritation, etccome now!; come come!
noun taboo, slang
  1. 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


  1. to go onwards or move by or past (a person, thing, etc)
  2. to run, extend, or lead through, over, or across (a place)the route passes through the city
  3. to go through or cause to go through (an obstacle or barrier)to pass a needle through cloth
  4. to move or cause to move onwards or overhe passed his hand over her face
  5. (tr) to go beyond or exceedthis victory passes all expectation
  6. to gain or cause to gain an adequate or required mark, grade, or rating in (an examination, course, etc)the examiner passed them all
  7. (often foll by away or by) to elapse or allow to elapsewe passed the time talking
  8. pass the time of day with someone to spend time amicably with someone, esp in chatting, with no particular purpose
  9. (intr) to take place or happenwhat passed at the meeting?
  10. to speak or exchange or be spoken or exchangedangry words passed between them
  11. to spread or cause to spreadwe passed the news round the class
  12. to transfer or exchange or be transferred or exchangedthe bomb passed from hand to hand
  13. (intr) to undergo change or transitionto pass from joy to despair
  14. (when tr, often foll by down) to transfer or be transferred by inheritancethe house passed to the younger son
  15. to agree to or sanction or to be agreed to or receive the sanction of a legislative body, person of authority, etcthe assembly passed 10 resolutions
  16. (tr) (of a legislative measure) to undergo (a procedural stage) and be agreedthe bill passed the committee stage
  17. (when tr, often foll by on or upon) to pronounce or deliver (judgment, findings, etc)the court passed sentence
  18. to go or allow to go without comment or censurethe intended insult passed unnoticed
  19. (intr) to opt not to exercise a right, as by not answering a question or not making a bid or a play in card games
  20. physiol to discharge (urine, faeces, etc) from the body
  21. pass water to urinate
  22. (intr) to come to an end or disappearhis anger soon passed
  23. (intr; usually foll by for or as) to be likely to be mistaken for or accepted as (someone or something else)you could easily pass for your sister
  24. (intr; foll by away, on, or over) a euphemism for die 1 (def. 1)
  25. (tr) mainly US to fail to declare (a dividend)
  26. (intr; usually foll by on or upon) mainly US (of a court, jury, etc) to sit in judgment; adjudicate
  27. sport to hit, kick, or throw (the ball) to another player
  28. bring to pass archaic to cause to happen
  29. come to pass to happen
  1. the act of passing
    1. a route through a range of mountains where the summit is lower or where there is a gap between peaks
    2. (capital as part of a name)the Simplon Pass
  2. a way through any difficult region
  3. a permit, licence, or authorization to do something without restrictionshe has a pass to visit the museum on Sundays
    1. a document allowing entry to and exit from a military installation
    2. a document authorizing leave of absence
  4. British
    1. the passing of a college or university examination to a satisfactory standard but not as high as honours
    2. (as modifier)a pass degree Compare honours (def. 2)
  5. a dive, sweep, or bombing or landing run by an aircraft
  6. a motion of the hand or of a wand as a prelude to or part of a conjuring trick
  7. informal an attempt, in words or action, to invite sexual intimacy (esp in the phrase make a pass at)
  8. a state of affairs or condition, esp a bad or difficult one (esp in the phrase a pretty pass)
  9. sport the transfer of a ball from one player to another
  10. fencing a thrust or lunge with a sword
  11. bridge the act of passing (making no bid)
  12. bullfighting a variant of pase
  13. archaic a witty sally or remark
  1. bridge a call indicating that a player has no bid to make

Word Origin for pass

C13: from Old French passer to pass, surpass, from Latin passūs step, pace 1
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Word Origin and History for come to pass



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.



"written permission to pass into, or through, a place," 1590s, from pass (v.). Sense of "ticket for a free ride or admission" is first found 1838. Colloquial make a pass "offer an amorous advance" first recorded 1928, perhaps from a sporting sense. Phrase come to pass (late 15c.) uses the word with a sense of "completion, accomplishment."



late 13c. (transitive) "to go by (something)," also "to cross over," from Old French passer (11c.), from Vulgar Latin *passare "to step, walk, pass" (cf. Spanish pasar, Italian passare), from Latin passus "step, pace" (see pace (n.)). Intransitive sense of "to go on, to move forward, make one's way" is attested from c.1300. Figurative sense of "to experience, undergo" (as in pass the time) is first recorded late 14c. Sense of "to go through an examination successfully" is from early 15c. Meaning "decline to do something" is attested from 1869, originally in cards (euchre). In football, hockey, soccer, etc., the meaning "to transfer the ball or puck to another player" is from c.1865. Related: Passed; passing.

The meaning "to be thought to be something one is not" (especially in racial sense) is from 1935, from pass oneself off (as), first found 1809. The general verb sense of "to be accepted as equivalent" is from 1590s. Pass up "decline, refuse" is attested from 1896. Pass the buck is from 1865, said to be poker slang reference to the buck horn-handled knife that was passed around to signify whose turn it was to deal. Pass the hat "seek contributions" is from 1762. Pass-fail as a grading method is attested from 1955, American English.



"mountain defile," c.1300, from Old French pas "step, track, passage," from Latin passus "step, pace" (see pace (n.)).

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come to pass in Medicine


  1. To go across; go through.
  2. To cause to move into a certain position.
  3. To cease to exist; die.
  4. To be voided from the body.
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Idioms and Phrases with come to pass

come to pass

see come about.


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.


In addition to the idioms beginning with pass

  • pass away
  • pass by
  • pass for
  • pass muster
  • pass off
  • pass on
  • pass one's lips
  • pass out
  • pass over
  • pass the buck
  • pass the hat
  • pass the time
  • pass the torch
  • pass through one's mind
  • pass up
  • pass with flying colors

also see:

  • bring about (to pass)
  • come about (to pass)
  • cross (pass through) one's mind
  • head someone off (at the pass)
  • in passing
  • make (take) a pass at
  • ships that pass in the night
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.