Podcast #140 Phrasal Verbs with COME – Part 2

Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Phrasal Verbs


The phrasal verb come at means to attack.

Whatever Julia said, it made the young man furious. He came at her with a knife.



The phrasal verb come back can mean to return to a place.

She lived in Tunisia for five years. Then she came back to her native country.


Come back can mean to return to a person.

Don’t you dare walk away from me! Come back here!

Carlos decided he did not want a divorce. He came back to his wife.


If you remember something that you had forgot you can say it is coming back to you.

I had forgot about the night of the hurricane. Now it’s all coming back to me.



When something is difficult to get or acquire, you can say it is hard to come by.

These days a bank loan is hard to come by.

Good programmers are hard to come by.




The phrasal verb come down means to decrease.

The price of gas has come down since last year.

After the aspirin her temperature came down.



The phrasal verb come down on means to punish or scold, often with force. The phrase you most often hear is to come down on like a ton of bricks.

My boss was furious about the way I handled an important customer. He came down on me like a ton of bricks.



To come down with an illness means to become sick with that illness.

I think I’m coming down with a cold.



The expression to come from is used to indicate a country of origin.

Those two girls come from Nigeria.

All my furniture comes from Italy.


In everyday speech, the expression coming from can refer to an understanding of another person’s reasoning.

You are not making any sense. Where are you coming from?

I don’t agree with everything she says. But I see where she’s coming from.



The phrasal verb come in can carry the idea of arriving or becoming available.

The new car models are coming in next month.

Data has started coming in from the satellite.

The horse I bet on came in last.


Come in can mean to take on a specified role or perform a specific task.

We need somebody to make sure our advertisements are getting to the right people. That’s where you come in.



When you come into some money, that means you inherited it.

She came into a fortune when her uncle died.



When an object is restrained from moving and it becomes free, you can say it has come loose. This has the same meaning as become loose.

Several bricks in my garden wall have come loose.

The temperature dial on this stove has come loose.



You can use the phrasal verb come of to indicate a result or consequence. In this usage, the meaning come of is close to the meaning of result from.

He still has to work at age 75. That’s what comes of not saving money.

Did anything come of all your job applications?

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