come-on

noun \ ˈkəm-ˌȯn , -ˌän \

Definition of come-on

1 :something (such as an advertising promotion) intended to entice or allure
2 :a usually sexual advance

First Known Use of come-on

1902


come on

verb

Definition of come on

intransitive verb
1 a :to advance by degrees
  • darkness came on
b :to begin by degrees
  • rain came on toward noon
2 a :please used in cajoling or pleading
b used interjectionally to express astonishment, incredulity, or recognition of a put-on
3 :to project an indicated personal image
  • comes on as a conservative
4 :to show sexual interest in someone; also :to make sexual advances usually used with to
  • tried to come on to her

First Known Use of come on

15th century


COME-ON Defined for English Language Learners

come-on

noun

Definition of come-on for English Language Learners

  • : something that a person says or does to try to start a sexual relationship with someone

  • : something that is done to get customers for a business


Law Dictionary

come on

intransitive verb

legal Definition of come on

:to be brought forward (as a case in court)
  • the first prize case of the war…came on for trial
  • —W. G. Young


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