come off

verb
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of come off

intransitive verb
1 a : to acquit oneself : fare
  • came off well in the contest
b : appear, seem
2 : succeed
  • a television series that never came off
  • TV 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

  1. couldn't believe that the wedding would actually come off—they've been “just dating” for years

  2. the attempted revival of the city's downtown never really came off, and even more stores eventually closed

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First Known Use of come off

1590



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