come off

came off; come off; coming off; comes off

Definition of come off

intransitive verb

1a : to acquit oneself : fare came off well in the contest
b : appear, seem
2 : succeed a television series that never came offTV Guide
3 : happen, occur
4 US, informal used in phrases like where do you come off? to express anger or annoyance at what someone has said or done Marie was bent over the table now, reading, her piping girlish voice hot with indignation. "Where does she come off, anyway?"— T. Coraghessan Boyle

transitive verb

1 : to have recently completed or recovered from coming off a good year
2 : to have recently stopped using (an illegal drug) an addict who is coming off heroin

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Examples of come off in a Sentence

couldn't believe that the wedding would actually come off—they've been “just dating” for years the attempted revival of the city's downtown never really came off, and even more stores eventually closed
Recent Examples on the Web The point for viewers is to guess their identities before the masks come off. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "The Unmaking of American Cynicism," 26 Feb. 2021 More than 5 million people have come off boil water advisories in the last 48 hours, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced in a press conference Sunday afternoon. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, "Boil water advisory lifted in Houston as Texas recovers from winter storms," 21 Feb. 2021 Rodgers sat most of his first three seasons in Green Bay, but has barely come off the field since. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions' Darrell Bevell: I saw greatness in Packers QB Aaron Rodgers from the start," 10 Dec. 2020 Pappoe has started all nine games for Auburn this season, while McClain has seven consecutive starts since Britt was injured in the second game of the season — and both rarely come off the field for the Tigers. Tom Green |, al, "Zakoby McClain, Owen Pappoe ‘warriors’ as Auburn’s leading tacklers," 9 Dec. 2020 That’s in addition to the dozens of players already on the list, according to DraftKings Nation — and the nearly 200 players who were placed on the list before the season began and have since come off. Lisa Kearns, STAT, "Add Covid-related myocarditis, mechanical ventilation, and death to this year’s football risks," 26 Nov. 2020 McBride, who comes to the Lynx from Las Vegas, brings a facet to the Lynx offense that has been missing: her ability to come off pindowns and score. Kent Youngblood, Star Tribune, "Cheryl Reeve says Lynx 'improved our roster' in early free agency," 1 Feb. 2021 The song also comes with some good news: The new remix is just one of several set to come off of Hadreas' upcoming album, Immediately Remixes. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "First Out: New Music From Ashnikko, Shamir, Perfume Genius & More," 15 Jan. 2021 Having just come off The Wolf of Wall Street, Leo has a ton of Oscar buzz surrounding him. Joe Reid, Vulture, "What Happens in the Mirror Universe Where Darren Aronofsky Made Batman Instead of Christopher Nolan?," 12 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of come off

1590, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

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The first known use of come off was in 1590

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4 Mar 2021

Cite this Entry

“Come off.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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