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

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But hope is hard to come by in Catholic Venezuela these days. WSJ, "Socialism vs. ‘the Person’," 21 Apr. 2019 What tends to happen is that in the middle of the night, a group of guys come by with a truck and a reciprocating saw. David Hodari, WSJ, "Thieves Mine Catalytic Converters for Metal More Valuable Than Gold," 10 Feb. 2019 The report also said that a replacement for the MacBook Air with a retina display will come by the end of the year. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "“There’s more in the making”—Apple announces October 30 event," 18 Oct. 2018 The rest of the game played out like a prototypical pitchers' duel, with base runners a scarcity and extra-base hits impossible to come by. Nick Moyle, Houston Chronicle, "Kody Clemens' walkoff homer lifts UT over TCU," 18 May 2018 Preliminary approval from the commissioner of banks and the FDIC could come by the end of the second quarter, according to organizers. Deon Roberts, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte area is nearing a banking milestone. Here’s why that hasn’t happened in years | Charlotte Observer," 6 Mar. 2018 James said about a hundred people came by her home on Monday after hearing the news, most of them in disbelief. Emily Lane, NOLA.com, "Mother of man shot dead in Algiers: 'I never tried to prepare myself for this day'," 8 Jan. 2018 Eat Perhaps the best dining on the whole coast is at Lo Scoglio da Tommaso, a simple restaurant in Marina del Cantone, whose mostly Italian clientele come by boat for sublime dishes like fresh sea urchins and marinated anchovies. Alexander Lobrano, Town & Country, "Exploring Italy's Beautiful Coastal Towns," 2 June 2017 There are endless ways to work your abs, but lower abs workouts and exercises are usually the hardest to come by. SELF, "28 Lower Abs Exercises That Will Set Your Core on Fire," 1 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of come by

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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