come 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

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But like basically everything concerning MH370, the truth is surely harder to come by. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "New Research Might Locate Flight MH370—And Solve One of the Greatest Aviation Mysteries of All Time," 7 Dec. 2018 Traditional apartments in this area are hard to come by. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Where you can live on a typical income around downtown Louisville," 9 July 2018 Using a different product for a construction project would likely require the approval of the appropriate regulatory body—which may not always be easy to come by. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "Cement Producers Are Developing a Plan to Reduce CO2 Emissions," 9 July 2018 Haiti, which is appealing the decision, is trying to rebuild its program virtually from scratch in a country where indoor facilities are limited and U.S. visas are hard to come by. Jacqueline Charles, miamiherald, "Haiti hoped this competition would be its basketball comeback. Then came bad news," 5 July 2018 For me, unplanned moments like that are hard to come by. Jamie Friedlander, The Cut, "Mastering the Art of Caring Less," 3 July 2018 Despite a couple of production issues, the cast performed with a sense of authenticity and determination that’s hard to come by. Brandon T. Harden,, "Review: 'Aladdin' at the Academy of Music overcomes technical difficulties to earn its place as one of the hottest tickets of the summer," 18 June 2018 Tom Torriglia, Genoa, Italy Hi Tom: Good stories are hard to come by. San Francisco Chronicle, "Do comic superheroes like Deadpool signal the end of the superhero genre?," 14 June 2018 There are far too many food deserts where wholesome foods like fresh fruits and vegetables at affordable prices are hard to come by. Jane E. Brody, charlotteobserver, "How to increase your chances of having a long, healthy life," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of come by

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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