come by
verb Date: 14th century transitive verb to get possession of ; acquire <
a good job is hard to come by
>
intransitive verb to make a visit <
came by after dinner
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • come by — (something) 1. to obtain money, wealth, or goods. Mitchell had acquired some wealth, although whether he came by it honestly or dishonestly is not clear. Usage notes: often used in the form hard to come by: Fresh meat and fish were hard to come… …   New idioms dictionary

  • come by — [v1] acquire get, lay hold of, obtain, procure, secure, take possession of, win; concepts 124,129 Ant. give, lose, miss come by [v2] visit someone call, come over, drop by, drop in, look in, look up, meet, pay a call, pop in, run in, see, step in …   New thesaurus

  • come by — ► come by manage to acquire or obtain. Main Entry: ↑come …   English terms dictionary

  • come by — index attain, gain, procure, realize (obtain as a profit), receive (acquire) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • come by — phrasal verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms come by : present tense I/you/we/they come by he/she/it comes by present participle coming by past tense came by past participle come by 1) come by something to get something, especially something …   English dictionary

  • come by — verb 1. visit informally and spontaneously (Freq. 4) We frequently drop by the neighbors house for a cup of coffee • Syn: ↑drop by, ↑drop in • Hypernyms: ↑visit, ↑call in, ↑call …   Useful english dictionary

  • come by — {v.} To get; obtain; acquire. * /A good job like that is hard to come by./ * /Money easily come by is often easily spent./ * /How did she come by that money?/ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • come by — {v.} To get; obtain; acquire. * /A good job like that is hard to come by./ * /Money easily come by is often easily spent./ * /How did she come by that money?/ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • come\ by — v To get; obtain; acquire. A good job like that is hard to come by. Money easily come by is often easily spent. How did she come by that money? …   Словарь американских идиом

  • come by — PHRASAL VERB To come by something means to obtain it or find it. [V P n] How did you come by that cheque?... [V P n] In rural France, English language magazines are rather hard to come by. Syn: get hold of …   English dictionary

  • come by — 1. verb a) To obtain; to get, especially by chance or involuntarily. Somehow he came by a substantial fortune. b) To come near to; to pass; to visit …   Wiktionary

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