come again

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Etymology 1[edit]

Possibly an ellipsis of "Could you come again with what you just said?" "Come again with what you just said."

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come again

  1. (idiomatic, informal) Could you repeat that? Repeat that please. a polite formula used when one has not heard or understood what has been said
    • 1955, Rex Stout, "When a Man Murders...", in Three Witnesses, October 1994 Bantam edition, →ISBN, page 120:
      "Who says he did?" / "Aubry." / "Yeah? A guy in for murder? Come again." / "Glad to. Beebe says so too."
    • 1994, The Wolf, Pulp Fiction:
      Vincent: "A "please" would be nice." The Wolf: "Come again?" Vincent: "I said a "please" would be nice." The Wolf: "Get it straight, Buster. I'm not here to say "please". I'm here to tell you what to do."
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come again

  1. (idiomatic) Used as a polite farewell to a visitor, inviting a return visit.
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  • Often used in retail stores and service establishments, especially in hotels and restaurants
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