come what may


No matter what happens, as in Come what may, I'll be home in time for dinner. This phrase, in slightly different form, come what will, dates from the 16th century and has almost exact equivalents in French, Italian, and German.

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Example sentences from the Web for come what may

  • The frosty old receptionist seemed to be typical in her business-as-usual, come-what-may attitude.