come again?


What did you say? as in Come again? I can't believe you said that. This expression takes the literal meaning of the phrase—return—to ask someone to repeat a statement, either because it wasn't heard clearly or because its truth is being questioned. [Colloquial; second half of 1800s]

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Example sentences from the Web for come again?

  • Cut-an'-come-again is his name, an' cut, an' come again, is his nature.

    The Magic Pudding|Norman Lindsay
  • Irish stew at sevenpence on the Come-Again style—as many follows as you want for the same money.

    Nights in London|Thomas Burke