come by

verb
came by; come by; coming by; comes by

Definition of come by

transitive verb

: to get possession of : acquire a good job is hard to come by

intransitive verb

: to make a visit came by after dinner

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Examples of come by in a Sentence

come by after work and I'll give you some clothes for the rummage sale a literary award like that isn't easy to come by
Recent Examples on the Web During a time when love can be triggering or feel impossible to come by, theirs was given center stage to exist and inspire. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "'Queen & Slim' Is The Black Love Story We Needed," 3 Dec. 2019 Their length and athleticism made passing windows tighter and clean shots tougher to come by. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers throw away chance to show how far they’ve come since opener, lose to Orlando Magic 116-104," 28 Nov. 2019 Robinson is Chicago’s only real receiving threat, but the Bears do have a solid running back tandem of Montgomery and Tarik Cohen, though rushing yards have been tough to come by this year because defenses don’t respect the passing game. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving: Here's what you need to know," 27 Nov. 2019 The Portland Trail Blazers wrapped up an 11-day, six-game road trip on Monday night with easily their most comfortable victory in a season where wins have been hard to come by over the first month. oregonlive, "Carmelo Anthony helps Portland Trail Blazers cruise past Chicago Bulls, snap 4-game losing streak: Game rewind," 26 Nov. 2019 That was easier to come by during other notable losing streaks over the past couple of decades. Mike Finger, ExpressNews.com, "As Spurs slide, old belief is put to the test," 19 Nov. 2019 Goals will likely be tough to come by with both teams typically organized in the back. Glenn Graham, baltimoresun.com, "Previewing the soccer state championship games," 13 Nov. 2019 With Bethel and Matthew Slater manning the guns, return yards will be hard to come by against this unit. BostonGlobe.com, "Patriots are well-armed for tough stretch run," 11 Nov. 2019 With fixtures coming thick and fast, consistency is hard to come by with such a small squad. SI.com, "Wolves vs Slovan Bratislava Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 6 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of come by

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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6 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Come by.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/came%20by. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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