to offer one's services; volunteer
to present oneself
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How to use come forward in a sentence
When I think of the many rape victims who never come forward, who have been silenced in the same fashion, I am saddened.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything | Liz Seccuro | December 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I asked her if she thought Cosby would come forward at some point to address the allegations.
She felt compelled to come forward because the allegations in that case seem similar to her own regarding Cosby.
Scotland Yard released a video of the extraordinary crime in an appeal for anyone who recognizes the man to come forward.
In light of the Michael Brown shooting, others have come forward to share their own stories of bullying, and harassment by police.
In the next place, as I can find no other persons who will come forward on my platform, I am bound to offer myself everywhere.
No one has come forward to explain the reason of this particular sign being selected.The Portsmouth Road and Its Tributaries | Charles G. Harper
"Unless I come forward," he said very slowly, staring straight before him.The Doctor of Pimlico | William Le Queux
Hadria had come forward and was standing with her left elbow on the mantel-piece, the doll still tucked under her right arm.The Daughters of Danaus | Mona Caird
Then he flung his glove at the king's feet, saying: "Let him who believes that calumny come forward!"Catherine de' Medici | Honore de Balzac
Other Idioms and Phrases with come forward
Present oneself, offer one's services, as in The boss asked for more help, but no one was inclined to come forward. [Early 1800s]
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