to come on

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - to come on

"to come on"

to become available;

to start functioning


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - to come on

"to come on"

to make or show progress


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Idiom Definition 3

Idiom Definition - to come on

"to come on"

to walk out and appear on stage


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - to come on

A couple are talking ...

Wife:  Do you mind if we eat supper a little later today?

Husband:  That's OK.  Just remember that my favorite TV program is on tonight.

Wife:  What time does it start?

Husband:  It comes on at eight.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - to come on

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  How are the lily bulbs you planted last fall doing?

Friend 2:  The winter was mild and we had an early spring so they are starting to grow very well.

Friend 1:  Excellent to hear that your lilies are coming on so well.

Idiom Scenario 3

Idiom Definition - to come on

Two friends are chatting in a theater just before the play starts ...

Friend 1:  How cool is it that Bruce is in this play?

Friend 2:  I'm so happy for him. It's his dream to act on the stage.

Friend 1:  When does he come on?

Friend 2:  He'll be appearing at the beginning of the second act.

to come on - Usage:


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to come on - Gerund Form:

Coming on at seven will be the news.

Coming on well is the driver in car three.

Coming on the stage now is Dennis.

to come on - Examples:

1)  If your headache comes on quickly and furiously with violent physical exertion, see a doctor right away.

2)  The special complicated lighting that comes on at night would blow a fuse.

3)  When a TV news report on the latest polls comes on television, I instantly change the channel.

4)  As the winter comes on, the distress will increase.

5)  When speaking of a TV or radio show that comes on the air again, you say it is a rebroadcast.

6)  When that capacity comes on line, supply will increase and eventually the margins will drop again.

7)  Nobody bumped into each other in the act of coming on and off, and nothing bad came of the deployment.

8)  So the next time you feel a familiar pang of guilt coming on, look closely.

9)  I felt a urinary tract infection coming on, but couldn't get to town for a doctor's appointment.

10)  Do you feel a sin coming on?

11)  I feel like tears are coming on.

12)  I felt a sneeze coming on.

13)  You could see a world where new people just keep coming on the show.

14)  I can feel the mother of all tantrums coming on.

15)  Sure enough, I felt a cold sore coming on, and saw it in the mirror.

16)  I first heard it listening to Pandora and the title song came on during a heavy snow we were having in the city at that time.

17)  When that record came on, we knew it was the last dance of the night.

18)  We enjoyed the view of the city as the sun set and lights came on.

19)  The captain came on and apologized.

20)  The minute that girl came on screen I thought' I've seen her.