come and go (third-person singular simple present comes and goes, present participle coming and going, simple past came and went, past participle come and gone)
- To alternately enter and exit (physically or figuratively)
- He comes and goes as he pleases.
- To repeatedly appear and disappear (said especially of a feeling or pain)
- My headaches come and go, but the pain in my neck is constant.
2012 April 22, Sam Sheringham, “Liverpool 0-1 West Brom”, in BBC Sport:
- Opportunities came and went as Kuyt's deflected shot from an angle cannoned back off the woodwork and Carroll twice fired over after right-wing crosses from Kuyt and Johnson picked him out.
To alternately arrive and depart