come across

come across


  • to meet someone
  • to find something
  • It is used to express something that has come up by chance and was not a planned event or meeting

Example Sentences

  1. The men had never come across a failure and hence did not know how to deal with it.
  2. I came across this very wise man who told me more about myself than anyone knew about.
  3. She wants to come across as this very confident young woman but then doesn’t that come from within?
  4. Can you come across to my desk to talk this out please?
  5. I am coming across such an issue after a very long time. Let me relook at what solution was used the last time it had happened.
  6. Have you come across such arrogant behaviour ever in your life?
  7. My mother came across this ancient recipe from my grandmother’s things and decided to give it a go. It was absolutely delicious.
  8. She should have come across his affair much sooner.
  9. Coming across such an important decision in life makes me feel closer to my friends and family.
  10. Have you come across such a problem before?


The origin of the phrase is speculated to be from the 12th century UK English.


  • find
  • stumble upon
  • encounter
  • happen upon
  • come upon
  • fall upon
  • appear
  • bump into

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familiarity breeds contempt

Meaning: to start disliking something when one gets to know too much about it

Example: The couple could not stay together long after their wedding because familiarity breeds contempt. Read on


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