Synonyms for come across

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Had he come across traces of Spurling and gone in pursuit of him?

Even when they had not heard it, they had come across its footprints.

And did you ever come across a sillier tribe of people than these same rhapsodists?

I've broken a few records in my time, but you beat anything I've come across.

And this was what Dick had come across the seas to accomplish.

Moreover, nine months or so before, I had come across him in Samarang.

One of the men with me said that the fellow was the most desperate gambler he had ever come across.

This is the season when all the fellows who have no money for Baden come across the Alps.

Then a glimmer of what she meant did come across him, and he blushed.

She must say something, and those are the first words that come across her mind.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English cuman "come, approach, land; come to oneself, recover; arrive; assemble" (class IV strong verb; past tense cuom, com, past participle cumen), from Proto-Germanic *kwem- (cf. Old Saxon cuman, Old Frisian kuma, Middle Dutch comen, Dutch komen, Old High German queman, German kommen, Old Norse koma, Gothic qiman), from PIE root *gwa-, *gwem- "to go, come" (cf. Sanskrit gamati "he goes," Avestan jamaiti "goes," Tocharian kakmu "come," Lithuanian gemu "to be born," Greek bainein "to go, walk, step," Latin venire "to come").

The substitution of Middle English -o- for Old English -u- before -m-, -n-, or -r- was a scribal habit before minims to avoid misreading the letters in the old style handwriting, which jammed letters. The practice similarly transformed some, monk, tongue, worm. Modern past tense form came is Middle English, probably from Old Norse kvam, replacing Old English cuom.

Remarkably productive with prepositions (NTC's "Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs" lists 198 combinations); consider the varied senses in come to "regain consciousness," come over "possess" (as an emotion), come at "attack," come on (interj.) "be serious," and come off "occur." For sexual senses, see cum.

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