Podcast #142 Phrasal Verbs with COME – Part 3

Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Phrasal Verbs


The phrasal verb come off can mean to become unstuck or separated.

  • I don’t know how much this shirt costs. The price tag has come off.

Come off can also have the meaning of happen, especially for something that has been planned.

  • Did the trip to Las Vegas ever come off?

Another use of come off is to refer to how well or badly some planned activity turned out.

  • The wedding came off beautifully.

Very often came off is followed by the phrase “without a hitch” which means without a problem.

  • The parade came off without a hitch.

To come off a medicine means to stop taking the medicine.

  • Tomorrow I’m coming off the antibiotic.



One meaning of come out is to appear or become visible.

  • The sky was filled with gray clouds all morning. The sun came out right after lunch.

Another meaning of come out is to leave a room or a building.

  • Paul, you have been in your bedroom all morning. When are you planning to come out?

Come out can also mean to be published or become available to the public.

  • I really love this author. His next book comes out in the spring.
  • There is a lot of interest in the new Spiderman movie. It’s coming out next year.

If you are washing a shirt that has a stain, you want the stain to disappear or come out.

  • Mom, can you help me? I spilled coffee on my blouse. How do I get this stain to come out?



Come out with can mean to say something, very often something special or unexpected.

  • He came out with some good ideas.

You already practiced the sentence His book comes out in the spring. If you are talking about the action of publishing, you use come out with.

  • They are coming out with his book in the spring.
  • Apple came out with the iPhone 6 in March.



The phrasal verb come over means to visit, usually at home.

  • I’ll be home at 7 o’clock. Why don’t you come over for a drink?



If I come through for you, that means you were counting on me to support you and I do what you expected.

  • I can totally depend on my brother in any situation. He always comes through for me.
  • Don’t worry whether Jamie will show up when he said he would. He comes through every time.



Come through it can mean to experience a dangerous or very difficult situation and end up okay. In this use, come through it and get through it are interchangeable.

  • Many people died in the hurricane. But my family came through it alive.
  • My family got through it alive.
  • We were treated terribly in our school. Somehow we came through it.
  • Somehow we got through it.



The phrasal verb come to can mean to add up to when you are dealing with an expense.

  • The dinner was not expensive. Including the tip, it came to $120.

Come to can also mean to become conscious again after an accident or operation.

  • She just lay there after she slipped on the ice and hit her head. She looked like she was dead. But after a while she came to.

If something comes to you, that means you remember or recall it.

  • I knew his face but did not remember his name. Then suddenly his name came to me.



The phrasal verb come up can mean to be mentioned or talked about.

  • We were talking about various people we know from high school. Your name came up.


A very physical meaning of come up is to ascend or walk from a lower place to a higher place.

  • I called to him from my bedroom on the second floor. He immediately came up the stairs.
  • He immediately came up.



The expression come up with can mean to think of something new and different.

  • She has such good ideas for new designs. What did she come up with this time?
  • He came up with an idea for a new app.


Come up with can also mean to provide money.

  • I told my uncle I needed financial help to get the new business started. He came up with twenty thousand dollars.


Come up with can refer to discovering a solution to a problem.

  • I have studied the data, but can’t find where we went wrong. Would you please take a look. See what you can come up with.

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