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  1. Informal. a person or thing that is progressing well or is very promising: He looks like a comer in state politics.
  2. a person or thing that arrives.

Origin of comer

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at come, -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  1. (in combination) a person who comesall-comers; newcomers
  2. informal a potential success
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Word Origin and History for comer

"visitor," mid-14c., agent noun from come. Meaning "one showing promise" is attested from 1879. Phrase all comers "everyone who chooses to come" is recorded from 1560s.

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