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come along

[ kuhm ]SEE DEFINITION OF come along

Synonyms for come along

  • do well
  • get on
  • improve
  • mend
  • perk up
  • pick up
  • rally
  • recover
  • recuperate
  • show improvement
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR COME ALONG

He's getting old, and he's come along into his second childhood.

I certainly did need you to come along right now and set me straight.

Come along, Toinette, first of all, let us take all the keys.

"Come along," said the impassive Stoliker, taking the handcuffs from his pocket.

"All over, Steve; you can come along," said Max, beckoning toward the other.

They sat on a rock by the roadside waiting for the mailman's auto to come along.

Come along, I will give you a lesson or two before we get back.'

You must come along with us, and pick it with your own hands.'

We struck for the road and fetched the first men that come along.

Suppose a patrol should come along, what a nice fix I should be in!

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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