come and go

Arrive and depart, either briefly or repeatedly; go to and fro. Shakespeare had it in The Merry Wives of Windsor (2:2): “He may come and go between you both.” [Late 1300s]

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How to use come and go in a sentence

  • Few spots in France are more entirely apart from the come-and-go of modern life than is forgotten Pontigny, parfume de souvenirs.

    How France Built Her Cathedrals | Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly
  • During the whole of this dialogue, Peter had had only "come-and-go" glimpses of those eyes.

  • Mrs. Verdon's fan ceased its regular come-and-go and lay motionless in her lap.

    A Vanished Hand | Sarah Doudney
  • I hate the new style of such come-and-go visits, as if there was no time for anything.

    Springhaven | R. D. Blackmore
  • At first, no one answered him, for everybody's attention was fixed on the wayward come-and-go of the cards.

    Their Son; The Necklace | Eduardo Zamacois