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Definition of the verb to come by

What does to come by mean as a doing phrase?

verb

  1. visit informally and spontaneously
  2. obtain, especially accidentally
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonym of come by: come into
    • more generic words: acquire / get = come into the possession of something concrete or abstract
    • more specific words: stumble / hit = encounter by chance

Alternative definition of the verb to come by

verb

  1. [transitive] To obtain; to get, especially by chance or involuntarily.
  2. [intransitive] To come near to; to pass; to visit.

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Google previewA Maori-English Lexicon: Being a Comprehensive Dictionary of the New Zealand Tongue (1898)

Including Mythical, Mythological, "taboo" Or Sacred, Genealogical ... and Other Names and Terms of and Allusions to Persons, Things, Acts, and Places in Ancient Times; Also, Showing Their Affinities with Cognate Polynesian Dialects and Foreign Languages; with Copious Pure Maori Examples ... by William Colenso

To come by, to pass near, ma, na, or ra, reirá, with mai ; to obtain, to gain, dc., whiwhi, riro mai. To come down, descend, haere iho, or mai ; heke iho, or mai ; pеke iho, or mai ; hohoro iho, or mai ; to be abased, whakaiti ; whaka- noho ki raro, ...

Google previewA critical pronouncing dictionary [ed. by J. Murdoch]. (1827)

by John Walker

to happen, to fall out; To come about, to come to pais, to fRll out, to change, to come round j To come again, to return ; To come at, to reach, to obtain, to gain ; To come by, to ' obtain, to gain, to require; To come In, to enter, to comply, to yield , ...

Google previewVine's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words (1996)

With Topical Index by W. E. Vine, Merrill Unger

to come by” (para, “by,” erchomai, “to come”), “pass over,” and hence, metaphorically, “to transgress,” is so used in Luke ...

Google previewA Maori-English lexikon [specimens of a Maori-Engl. and Engl.-Maori dictionary]. (1898)

by William Colenso

To come by, to pass near, ma, na, or ra, reira, with mai ; to obtain, to gain, &c., whiwhi, riro mai. To come down, descend, haere iho, or mai ; heke iho, or mai ; peke iho, or mai ; hohoro iho, or mai ; to be abased, whakaiti ; whaka- noho ki raro, ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; or, Universal dictionary of Knowledge. [With] Supp (1816)

by Encyclopaedia Perthensis

To Come by. To obtain; to pa; to acquire. This seems an irregular and rpraper use , but has very powerful authori- ti<~ — Things most needful to preserve this fe, aft most prompt and easy for all living crea- tao If come bt. Hooker. — Love is like a ...

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Good roles are hard to come by, and whether they're a few lines or a lead, you snap 'em up when they come along. (Charlie Hunnam)
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