to come to a place regarded as higher
(of the sun) to rise
to begin: a wind came up
to be regurgitated or vomited
to present itself or be discussed: that question will come up again
British to begin a term, esp one's first term, at a college or university
to appear from out of the ground: my beans have come up early this year
informal to win: have your premium bonds ever come up?
come up against to be faced with; come into conflict or competition with
come up to to equal or meet a standard: that just doesn't come up to scratch
come up with to produce or find: she always comes up with the right answer
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How to use come up in a sentence
And suddenly, we were able to come up with all these scenes for it.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness | Marlow Stern | January 7, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
We were on her roof talking and trying to come up with ideas, to think of alternatives to renting a studio.#Setinthestreet: Your Street Corner Is Their Art Project | James Joiner | December 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Also, your nose is in front of your face and the sun will come up tomorrow.
The cops had come up short, unable to find the two men in a sea of several hundred thousand law-abiding people.How to Get Away With Stealing $2 Million in Jewelry in the Heart of New York | John Surico | November 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And – although we did not go to the Willard Hotel – the subject of lobbyists did come up.
An old Indian woman, the same whose house they had hired in Saboba, had come up to live with Ramona.Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson
If he went to bed, and sent for a doctor, surely Allcraft would believe him; and in pity would come up and do the business.
And seeing this bunch is heading right toward us, we might as well take it easy here till they come up.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
Upon the land of my people shall thorns and briers come up: how much more upon all the houses of joy, of the city that rejoiced?The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
Seems as if K. was beginning to come up against those political forces which have ever been a British Commander's bane.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
Other Idioms and Phrases with come up
Arise, present itself, as in This question never came up. [Mid-1800s]
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