[uhp-uh n-kuhm-ing]


likely to succeed; bright and industrious: an up-and-coming young executive.

Origin of up-and-coming

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50
Related formsup-and-com·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for up-and-coming

Contemporary Examples of up-and-coming

Historical Examples of up-and-coming

  • I was all for taking her in because she is so gol darned pretty and up-and-coming.

    The Comings of Cousin Ann

    Emma Speed Sampson

  • Honey, I didn't mean——You were the only up-and-coming person in the bunch.

    Main Street

    Sinclair Lewis

  • No, hes got something better; hes got an up-and-coming wife who works just as hard as Zeph—looks.

    Full-Back Foster

    Ralph Henry Barbour

  • You would think an up-and-coming scientific man would want a hospital at one elbow and a morgue at the other.

    Dear Enemy

    Jean Webster

  • This up-and-coming station on the route which binds Numidia with Africa is possessed of a remarkable source of fresh-water supply.

British Dictionary definitions for up-and-coming



promising continued or future success; enterprising
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