come off

verb
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 changes come off as being especially tone-deaf when considering that the team’s front office reportedly had a meeting with the Nordecke supporters’ group — during which the fans declared unanimous opposition towards the new look. Demetrius Bell, Forbes, "Despite Fan Backlash, Columbus SC Undergoes Logo And Name Rebranding," 10 May 2021 When the Lynx have their full roster, with McBride and Napheesa Collier back, Banham, Achonwa and Shepard — and even, perhaps, Dantas — will come off the bench. Kent Youngblood, Star Tribune, "Lynx's victory with incomplete roster has coach excited about their depth," 9 May 2021 Usually available in breathable cotton or linen, these sets come off as dressier than similar combos made with a T-shirt or sweatshirt material, but without compromising comfort. Truc Nguyen, refinery29.com, "This Matching Trend Is Summer 2021’s Version Of The Nap Dress," 7 May 2021 The doors and roof come off, and can be stored inside the vehicle. Isabel Koyama, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Greater Milwaukee Auto Show is open. Here are 5 cool things we found.," 6 May 2021 And, if there wasn’t a parent in the room to keep things on track, a lesson could quickly come off the rails. Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Grades start to improve in Salt Lake City School District. But don’t expect pre-pandemic scores.," 3 May 2021 With some countries rapidly inoculating their populations against coronavirus, and pandemic fatigue deepening, a common question has reverberated around the world: When can the masks come off? Washington Post, "The CDC changed its mask guidance for vaccinated Americans. Other countries are taking different approaches.," 28 Apr. 2021 Two will come off two days of rest, six off one day of rest and two on the second night of back-to-back sets. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "Heat view upcoming final 10 games ‘like our playoff lives depended on ‘em’," 27 Apr. 2021 Coming from any other queen, the frankness might come off as a sassy jab, but Symone speaks with conviction dressed in simple, endearing elegance. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "In RuPaul's Drag Race winner Symone, a star is born: 'I want to rule the world'," 24 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of come off

1590, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

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“Come off.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/come%20off. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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