to come by something

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - come by

"to come by something"

to find or get something


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - come by

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: Where could you have possibly found that critical piece of information?

Colleague 2: I came by it when I was searching through some reports from three years ago.

Colleague 1: How fortunate that you discovered it. The boss will be impressed.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - come by

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: Do you want to come to the flea market with me?

Friend 2: What for? There is nothing but a bunch of junk for sale.

Friend 1: You never know when you might come by a treasure. Don't you remember that old book I found that I bought for a dollar and later sold for fifty?

Friend 2: That was a good deal, yes. OK, I'll go to the flea market. Maybe I can find something interesting, too.

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to come by something - Usage:


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to come by something - Gerund Form:

Coming by a stock of pickling onions, she decided to try out her grandmother's recipe.

to come by something - Examples:

1)  Wins are hard to come by. So, I should really just be thankful.

2)  These things are not easy to come by and good fortune plays a huge role. 

3)  However, in a time when work is harder to come by we have to remember that we aren't just our jobs.

4)  The question has to occur whether one can not come by some simpler way to such general and sweeping formal assertions.

5)  You needn't restructure your entire day to come by some more time to read.

6)  And real personality compatibility is hard to come by

7)  I don't know by what logic these people come by that. That's a good excuse for doing nothing.

8)  Amanda didn't come by her success quickly. She's pursued music and performance consistently since she was small.

9)  For a highly regulated industry, such data should not be hard to come by.

10)  I need to get on my feet and I know that jobs are hard to come by

11)  General knowledge of databases is widespread in IT, and support is easy to come by. Connectivity options abound.

12)  Vacation rental homes provide privacy, peace and quiet - things that are hard to come by in a hotel room.

13)  He's got a terrific Braille teacher -- and those are very hard to come by. Only 10% of people who are blind ever get to learn Braille.

14)  The good news is, while true autonomy in the workplace can be hard to come by, the feeling of choice can be created fairly easily.

15)  Convenience and comfort can be hard to come by on the road.

16)  ... as the Chinese have for nearly 5000 years? It's hard to come by a better longitudinal study than that. 

17)  Measures of violent behavior, however, are difficult to come by, largely because violence appears in so many psychological and social forms.

18)  I think that wise council has always been difficult to come by.

19)  After blogging for awhile, new ideas may be hard to come by.

20)  ... the barriers to starting a company are falling. Seed funding is easier to come by, startup costs are lower than ever, markets have never been more open.