come off

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
2 : succeed a television series that never came offTV Guide
4 US, informal used in phrases like where do you come off? to express anger or annoyance at what someone has said or doneMarie 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 His stats for the season are fairly average – 2,318 yards, 16 touchdowns, 9 interceptions – but the wheels have really come off lately. Jon Schlosser, ajc, "Troy Aikman has a surprising take on Dak Prescott," 29 Nov. 2017 Ownby has come off the bench in 10 of his 31 appearances with Louisville City this season, but has still managed to score six goals, good for fourth on the team. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "Greg Ranjitsingh, Brian Ownby provide heroics in 'gritty' Louisville City FC playoff win," 28 Oct. 2017 By late Friday night, the Richland and Grapevine football teams will come off Mustang-Panther Stadium’s field, probably asking the same questions. Kevin Lonnquist, star-telegram, "These teams are finally going to find out how good they really are," 20 Oct. 2017 Lipscomb, Abele’s chief nemesis these days, does not come off well. Daniel Bice, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bice: Chris Abele targets County Board with $250,000 ad campaign to win support for budget," 19 Oct. 2017 Drone visuals can come off as faddish, gimmicky, but the airborne material here consistently puts Mr. Ai’s ideas into pure, visual terms. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "Review: Ai Weiwei’s ‘Human Flow’ Tracks the Global Migrant Crisis," 12 Oct. 2017 Penn State , now ranked seventh by both the College Football Playoff selection committee and the Associated Press after its 39-38 loss last week to Ohio State, isn’t the only team coming off a gut-wrenching defeat last weekend. Joe Juliano,, "Preview: Penn State at Michigan State," 3 Nov. 2017 The Braves enter the postseason matchup coming off a close loss to rival Wyoming in Week 10. James Weber,, "What to watch: Playoff edition," 2 Nov. 2017 But his personality comes off as relatively low-key. Michael Osipoff, Post-Tribune, "It's his time: Valparaiso senior Tevonn Walker primed for breakout season," 1 Nov. 2017

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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