(preposition) to meet or find by accident
(adverb) (of a person or his or her words) to communicate the intended meaning or impression
(often foll by with) to provide what is expected
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How to use come across in a sentence
His hero, Bruce Springsteen, is a gazillionaire, but he still manages to come across as a regular guy, so perception is reality.
I finally come across the only thing open tonight at the Taj: a deli called GO, the sort of place you might find in Penn Station.I Watched a Casino Kill Itself: The Awful Last Nights of Atlantic City’s Taj Mahal | Olivia Nuzzi | December 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Now when you Google “Bill Cosby,” you also come across Hannibal Buress, Barbara Bowman, Joan Tarshis, and maybe others.
It is the most perfect piece of military writing on the subject of ‘why’ that I have ever come across.
Among this information, you may come across scary-sounding stories about pro-anorexia sites.
A very interesting way of studying Ferns is that of collecting the fronds of the species which the hunter may come across.How to Know the Ferns | S. Leonard Bastin
She meets a sympathetic soul, and you come across her pouring into his ear the love and despair of a lifetime.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
I shudder when I chance to come across a really well-read and enlightened man!The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky | Modeste Tchaikovsky
They had invited him to come across to their quarters, but he had explained that he was awaiting mademoiselle.The Doctor of Pimlico | William Le Queux
In all my experience I have come across less than a dozen men whom I should imagine to rank among the shady division.The Chequers | James Runciman
Other Idioms and Phrases with come across
Also, come upon; run across. Meet or find by chance, as in I came across your old letters today, or He came upon her looking in the store window. or If I run across it, I'll call you. The first term dates from the 1800s. The first variant was used by Oliver Goldsmith in She Stoops to Conquer (1773): “You are to go sideways till you come upon Crack-Skull Common.” The second variant was used by Mark Twain in Tramp Abroad (1880): “If I don't run across you in Italy, you hunt me up in London.”
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