come up



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come up (third-person singular simple present comes up, present participle coming up, simple past came up, past participle come up)

  1. Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see come,‎ up.
    I came up the ladder carefully, holding the bucket in my right hand.
  2. (intransitive) To come towards, to approach.
    I was standing on the corner when Nick came up and asked for a cigarette.
  3. (idiomatic, intransitive) To emerge or become known, especially unexpectedly.
    Unless anything comes up, I'll be there every day this week.
  4. To come to attention, present itself; to arrive or appear.
    At some point in the conversation my name came up, and I readily agreed to their proposition.
    Be ready for when your turn comes up.
    The proposal came up before the committee.
  5. To appear (before a judge or court).
    He came up before a judge and was fined a thousand dollars.
  6. To draw near in time.
    The summer holidays are coming up.
  7. (intransitive, of a heavenly body) To rise (above the horizon).
    It'll be warmer once the sun comes up.
  8. (Britain, slang, intransitive) To begin to feel the effects of a recreational drug.
    I could tell from her expression that she was coming up already.
  9. (UK, Oxford University) To arrive at the university. (Compare go down, send down.)


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