After a storm comes a calm.
Since something better must follow an unpleasant event, be optimistic.
In addition to the idiom beginning with become
, also see idioms beginning with get
become ofhappen to, end up What became of Ko after he moved? How's he doing?
become of|becomev. phr.
To happen to; befall. What will become of the children, now that both parents are in jail?
becomes youlooks good on you, is right for you, suits you That perfume becomes you. It smells good on you.
bigger they come, the harder they fall, thebigger they come, the harder they fall, the
Persons in important positions lose more when they fail, as in Impeaching a President is very painful—the bigger they come, the harder they fall.
This expression is believed to come from boxing and gained currency when boxer Robert Fitzsimmons used it in a 1902 newspaper interview before fighting the much heavier James J. Jeffries. It was probably derived from similar adages, such as “The bigger the tree, the harder she falls.”
blow to kingdom comeexplode and destroy, blow up There's enough gas in the well to blow us kingdom come!
chickens come home to roostwe cannot escape the consequences of our actions We soon discover that lies return to their owner, just as chickens come home to roost.
chickens come home to roost|chicken|chickens|home|informal
Words or acts come back to cause trouble for a person; something bad you said or did receives punishment; you get the punishment that you deserve. Fred's chickens finally came home to roost today. He was late so often that the teacher made him go to the principal.
Often used in a short form. Mary's selfishness will come home to roost some day.
comehave an orgasm, ejaculate Some women fake an orgasm - they pretend to come, eh.
come a cropper1. to fall heavily
2. to fail
come a cropper|come|cropper
1. To fall off your horse. John's horse stumbled, and John came a cropper.
2. To fail. Mr. Brown did not have enough money to put into his business and it soon came a cropper. Compare:
RIDING FOR A FALL.
come a long waycome a long way
Make considerable progress or improvement, as in That's good, Rob—you've certainly come a long way.
This usage, which transfers the “distance” of a long way
to progress, gained considerable currency in the 1960s and 1970s in an advertising slogan for Virginia Slims cigarettes addressed especially to women: “You've come a long way, baby.”
come a long way|a long way|come|long wayv. phr.
To show much improvement; make great progress. The school has come a long way since its beginnings. Little Jane has come a long way since she broke her leg.
come about1．（of a ship or wind）change direction转向
It was so stormy that the ship had to come about and head for the harbour．风浪太大，船不得不调转航向，朝港口驶去。
How did it come about that the man is dismissed？那个人被解雇了，怎么回事？
The argument came about because they were talking about politics．争论是因为他们谈论到政治而引起的。
To take place; happen, occur. Sometimes it is hard to tell how a quarrel comes about. When John woke up he was in the hospital, but he didn't know how that had come about.
come acrossseem to be, appear to be You came across as being angry, not just disappointed.consent to have sex, get laid, go all the way You kiss me as though you're going to come across, but then you say no.
1. or run across To find or meet by chance. He came across a dollar bill in the suit he was sending to the cleaner. The other day I ran across a book that you might like. I came across George at a party last week; it was the first time I had seen him in months. Compare:
, RUN INTO(3b). 2. To give or do what is asked. The robber told the woman to come across with her purse. For hours the police questioned the man suspected of kidnapping the child, and finally he came across with the story.
come againwhat did you say? beg your pardon? "When I asked Grandpa if he liked the soup, he said, ""Come again?"""
Please repeat; please say that again.
Usually used as a command. "Harry has just come into a fortune," my wife said. "Come again? " I asked her, not believing it. "Come again," said the hard-of-hearing man.
come alivebecome lively, cheer, applaud As the players skated onto the ice, the crowd came alive.
come alive|alive|come|come to life|lifev.
To become alert or attentive; wake up and look alive; become active. When Mr. Simmons mentioned money, the boys came alive. Bob pushed the starter button, and the engine came alive with a roar.
2. To look real; take on a bright, natural look. Under skillful lighting, the scene came alive. The President came alive in the picture as the artist worked.
Just then a bus came along，so we got on and rode home．正在那时一辆公共汽车过来，我们就乘车回家了。
Come along，children，or we'll be late！快点，孩子们，不然就迟到了。
My son has begun to come along very well in French since the new teacher was appointed．自从新老师派来以后，我儿子的法语进步很快。
His work is coming along well．他的工作进展情况很好。
His father was coming along well after the operation．他父亲手术后身体恢复挺好。
Would you please come along with me？你同我一起去好吗？
John wants to come along with us to the movie．约翰想和我们一道去看电影。
To make progress; improve; succeed. He was coming along well after the operation. Rose is coming right along on the piano.
come and get itcome and get it
Come and eat, the meal is ready, as in She called to the children, “Come and get it!
” Originating in the British armed forces, this term passed to other English-speaking armies in the late 1800s and was taken up as a dinner summons by various groups who shared meals in a camp, among them cowboys, lumbermen, and construction workers. It occasionally is used facetiously for other summons, especially for sexual favors. For example, “‘Come and get it,’ she said and going to the bed, she lay down ... and beckoned to him” (James Hadley Chase, You're Dead without Money,
Come and get it!
Idiom(s): Come and get it!
Dinner is ready. Come and eat it! (Folksy.)
• A shout was heard from the kitchen, "Come and get it!"
• No one says "Come and get it!" at a formal dinner.
come and gocome and go
1) Arrive and depart, either briefly or repeatedly; go to and fro. Shakespeare had it in The Merry Wives of Windsor (2:2): “He may come and go between you both.” [Late 1300s]
2) Alternately appear and disappear, as in This rash is odd; it comes and goes. [Mid-1300s] Also see coming or going, not know if one is; easy come, easy go.
come and goneIdiom(s): come and gone
already arrived and already departed. (Fixed order.)
• No, Joy is not here. She's come and gone.
• Sorry, you are too late for your appointment. The doctor has come and gone.
"The top and bottom come apart if you pull hard enough."
come apart at the seamsIdiom(s): come apart at the seams
suddenly to lose one's emotional self-control. (Informal. Referring to a garment falling apart.)
• Bill was so upset that he almost came apart at the seams.
• I couldn't take anymore. I just came apart at the seams.
come apart at the seams|come|seamsv. phr., slang, informal To become upset to the point where one loses self-control and composure as if having suffered a sudden nervous breakdown. After his divorce Joe seemed to be coming apart at the seams.
come aroundbegin to co-operate, believe, come onside When he reads the report, he'll come around. He'll believe us.
come around/round1．regain consciousness；recover from ill temper；get back health苏醒；恢复理智；恢复健康
The girl fainted，but she came around after an injection．那个女孩昏了过去，但是打了一针后就醒了过来。
Don't scold the boy；he will come around in time．不要责骂孩子，到时候他的坏脾气会改的。
You need not worry．This patient will come around very soon．你不必担心，这位病人很快即可痊愈。
After this muchneeded rain my flowers will come around again．下了这场及时雨，我的花会重新恢复生机的。
2．change one's opinion改变主意
Don't worry．The chairman will soon come around to our opinion．不要担心，主席很快就会转而同意我们的看法的。
John's opposed to our ideas at present，but in time he'll come around．约翰目前反对我们的意见，不过到时他会改变看法的。
3．happen or appear again and again in regular order定期出现；到来
The Midautumn Festival will come around soon．中秋节不久就要来临。
Evening shift for each member of the staff comes around every ten days．所有职员每10天轮流值一次晚班。
4．pay a visit拜访
Why don't you come around and see us in the evening？为什么不在晚间过来看看我们呢？
Put the food where he can't come at it．把食物放在他拿不到的地方。
How did you come at the result of the experiment？你是怎样得到这实验结果的？
I've been looking for that article，but I can't come at it anywhere．我一直在找那篇文章，但无论哪里也找不到。
The man came at her with a knife．那男人用刀威逼她。
It is often difficult to come at the true facts．弄清楚事实真相往往是困难的。
The sense of an unfamiliar word is hard to come at．一个不熟悉的词的含义是很难理解的。
come at|comev. 1. To approach; come to or against; advance toward. The young boxer came at the champion cautiously. 2. To understand (a word or idea) or master (a skill); succeed with. The sense of an unfamiliar word is hard to come at.
come away empty-handedIdiom(s): come away empty-handed
to return without anything.
• All right, go gambling. Don't come away empty-handed, though.
• Go to the bank and ask for the loan again. This time don't come away empty-handed.
I'll come back in two hours．我两小时后就回来。
Their names are all coming back to me now．我渐渐想起了他们的名字。
The scene comes back to my mind．那情景又浮现在我的脑海中。
2．return to a former state；return to life，consciousness or vitality，etc．恢复原状；复活；恢复知觉；恢复活力
It's impossible for him to come back soon．要他早日恢复健康是不可能的。
The little girl came back a few minutes after she fainted．小女孩昏迷几分钟后醒过来了。
3．become fashionable or popular again重新流行
Short skirts are coming back．短裙又开始流行起来。
When accused of theft，he came back with a stinging counteraccusation．别人指责他盗窃，他反咬人一口。
He came back with a strong protest against their false charge．他对他们的诬告提出强烈的抗议。
The lawyer came back sharply in defence of his client．这个律师为保护当事人进行了有力的辩护。
come back to earth|come|come down to earth|earthv. phr. To return to the real world; stop imagining or dreaming; think and behave as usual. After Jane met the movie star it was hard for her to come back to earth. Bill was sitting and daydreaming so his mother told him to come down to earth and to do his homework.
Compare: COME TO ONE'S SENSES, DOWN-TO-EARTH.
Antonym: IN THE CLOUDS.
come back to haunt youcause you to feel guilty or ashamed Lies will come back to haunt you, remind you of the past.
come back|comev., informal 1. To reply; answer. The lawyer came back sharply in defense of his client. No matter how the audience heckled him, the comedian always had an answer to come back with. 2. To get a former place or position back, reach again a place which you have lost. After a year off to have her baby, the singer came back to even greater fame. It is hard for a retired prize fighter to come hack and beat a younger man.
come between1．interfere in the affairs of干预…之间的事情
He tried to come between the quarrelling men．他设法干预吵架人之间的争端。
2．separate；cause trouble between …分开；在…之间制造麻烦
He suddenly realized that a misunderstanding had come between them．他突然意识到一种误解使他们之间产生了隔阂。
His motherinlaw came to live in his home，and as time passed she came between him and his wife．他的岳母住在他家，随着时间的推移，她使他与他妻子之间产生了矛盾。
come between|comev. To part; divide; separate. John's mother-in-law came to live in his home, and as time passed she came between him and his wife. Bill's hot rod came between him and his studies, and his grades went down.
come byfind, get, obtain How did you come by that vase? Where did you get it?
come by honestly|come|honestlyv. phr., informal To inherit (a characteristic) from your parents. Joe comes by his hot temper honestly; his father is the same way.
come by sth honestlyIdiom(s): come by sth honestly
to inherit something—a character trait—from one's parents.
• I know I'm mean. I came by it honestly, though.
• She came by her kindness honestly.
come by|comev. 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?
come cleantell the truth, admit everything, own up The police asked him to come clean about the money - to tell them everything he knew.
come clean|comev. phr., slang To tell all; tell the whole story; confess. The boy suspected of stealing the watch came clean after long questioning.
come correctto represent the real, to do something the way it should be done: "When I'm on the mic, I come correct" -- Beastie Boys (Sure shot )
Several trees came down in last night's storm．昨晚的风暴刮倒了几棵树。
The building came down in the storm．这幢楼在暴风雨中倒塌了。
Five of the enemy planes came down in the battle．在战斗中有5架敌机被打了下来。
Her weight has come down again．她的体重又减轻了。
The child's temperature came down in the morning．孩子的体温在早晨降下来了。
The price of beer is coming down soon．啤酒的价格很快就要下跌。
4．be given or left to people who are younger or come later传给；流传下来
The girl's necklace had come down to her from her grandmother．这女孩的项链是她祖母传下来的。
The custom has come down in our area for two centuries．这种风俗在本地区流传有两个世纪了。
This house has come down from father to son for eight generations．这幢房子代代相传已达8代。
5．lose social rank失掉社会地位
I am fraid the family has come down in the world lately．我担心这个家庭的社会地位最近已在下降。
The elderly gentleman plainly has come down in the world．这位老绅士显然是已经败落破产。
He is coming down in my opinion．他在我心目中的地位已下降。
6．provide money，often as a gift；make a gift of money出钱；捐款
We don't expect him to come down generously．我们并不指望他会慷慨解囊。
7．decide to give support决定给予支持
I am determined to come down in favour of Jim．我决心支持吉姆。
8．be forced to（by poverty）to do sth．humiliating（因贫穷）被迫做屈辱的事
He has come down to begging．他已沦为乞丐。