to come up with

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - come up with

"to come up with"

to think of, develop or find


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - come up with

A boss and an employee are meeting ...

Boss:  It's been a week. What ideas do you have for the new campaign?

Employee:  I've come up with a couple of really good ideas.

Boss:  Let's hear them.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - come up with

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Have we figured out what we are going to serve for our get together tomorrow?

Friend 2:  After we talked about the menu, I went home and looked through my recipe box.

Friend 1:  What did you find?

Friend 2:  Here are three recipes that I came up with that should work.

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Coming up with the perfect solution can impress the boss.

to come up with - Examples:

1)  How does one come up with something innovative and original and manage to beat others to the marketplace?

2)  It's nearly impossible to come up with substantive ideas in a vacuum.

3)  The girls have come up with a practical way to put the idea into action.

4)  Why not come up with a simple and inexpensive temporary work visa program?

5)  That helped them balance trade-offs and come up with smart, technocratic solutions.

6)  Reading books is a neat way of coming up with an idea because you don't have to create the entire idea.

7)  We just started coming up with different concepts.

8)  I've got a better idea than protesting -- how about coming up with an alternative energy solution?

9)  This shows their great lack of independent financial and investment ability in coming up with their own good investment ideas.

10)  Coming up with a brilliant idea is by far the easiest part of the invention process.

11)  She comes up with crazy ideas and executes them really well.

12)  I'm excited to see what he comes up with.

13)  I can't wait to hear what fantasy he comes up with in his speech at the DNC.

14)  He comes up with stories that he hopes will discourage people from having a guilty conscience.

15)  It's not often that someone comes up with a visual that one could characterize as dramatic or entertaining.

16)  In the end, the group came up with some 70 suggestions

17)  Today I dug into our archives and came up with a list of twelve simple, actionable ways to improve your well being.

18)  I can't take credit for this idea, my friend came up with it.

19)  He delved into the university's reptile collections and came up with the vertebra of an anaconda.

20)  My sister came up with the idea of holding a ball as a fund-raiser.