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

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 If Olynyk does come off the bench, Stewart’s ability to shoot would give the Pistons spacing to start games. Anthony Schulte, Detroit Free Press, 27 July 2022 Having never come off the bench in a game, Bird holds the WNBA record for career starts with 559. Joe Arruda, Hartford Courant, 16 June 2022 Then comes Dylan Raiola — who was the first 2024 quarterback to come off the board — as next in line. Stephen Means, cleveland, 9 June 2022 If Dwyane Wade can come off the bench, anybody can. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 15 May 2022 Williams had Biyombo, not JaVale McGee, come off the bench in the first quarter for Deandre Ayton. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 10 May 2022 That also happened to come off the program’s last sub-.500 season prior to last fall’s campaign. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, 1 May 2022 The Colts waited, traded back, watched 10 players come off the board at the position Indianapolis needed most. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, 30 Apr. 2022 This is probably the latest that Davis would come off the board. Jonas Shaffer, Baltimore Sun, 28 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of come off

1590, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

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7 Aug 2022

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“Come off.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/come%20off. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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