Meaning | Synonyms
- to reveal something (often unintentionally)
- to bring something (often the truth) into the open
- to make a formal debut in society
- to be released to the public
- to join friends at a social gathering
- to reveal a secret to others (often used to depict homosexual people telling their family)
- to remove something (usually a stain)
- became visible/manifest
- to show your face
- I didn't mean to tell him about your job interview, it just came out.
- After four days of snow, it was nice to see the sun come out today.
- It doesn't matter how much you try to deny it the truth will come out.
- I am very excited to come out at the debutante ball next spring.
- Their new book will come out next week.
- I have a lot of work to do, but I will try to come out this weekend.
- It was very difficult for my brother to come out to my parents.
- I have tried everything but this mustard stain on my blouse won't come out.
As there are so many different uses for the idiom, there are a vast number of origins. The phrase was first used in the 1200s to describe something that been made known to the public or been discovered. It was often used to describe the truth coming out. Most other uses can be related back to this.