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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As with all their realistic options, knowing that minutes will be tough to come by is paramount. Mike Singer, The Denver Post, "Nuggets free agency: 8 realistic targets in wake of Denver’s Paul Millsap decision," 29 June 2019 The goal should be to move the poor and people of color into the mainstream of a growing economy, not to make economic growth harder to come by. Michael Tanner, National Review, "The Wrenching Reparations Question," 26 June 2019 Outside of electricity, good news is harder to come by. David Roberts, Vox, "The global transition to clean energy, explained in 12 charts," 18 June 2019 Details about the lives of Acco, Ben, Franck, Gabriel, Jack, Judah, Moll, Nan, Oney, and William and are obviously harder to come by than for someone like, say, George Washington. Karin Wulf, Smithsonian, "This Long-Ignored Document, Written by George Washington, Lays Bare the Legal Power of Geneaology," 18 June 2019 Definitive listings of acting officials in Trump’s and other administrations are hard to come by because no agency keeps overall records. BostonGlobe.com, "Trump tells chief of staff to leave during an interview after aide coughs," 18 June 2019 That kind of publicity is very difficult to come by. John Wenzel, The Know, "School of Mines built a real-life Iron Man suit for new Discovery Channel series," 9 June 2019 Parking at Walmart's current office, which looks like a massive warehouse, is hard to come by. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, "Walmart's Arkansas hometown has become a tech hub," 7 June 2019 In 1997, Salman Rushdie noted that English translations of Urdu and Hindi fiction were hard to come by. Saira Khan, The New Yorker, "“The Greatest Urdu Stories Ever Told” Is a Belated Introduction to a Thrilling Canon," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of come by

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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