come and go

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come and go (third-person singular simple present comes and goes, present participle coming and going, simple past came and went, past participle come and gone)

  1. To alternately enter and exit, arrive and depart (either physically or figuratively)
    He comes and goes as he pleases.
  2. To repeatedly appear and disappear; to be transient
    My headaches come and go, but the pain in my neck is constant.
    • 2012 April 22, Sam Sheringham, “Liverpool 0-1 West Brom”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      Opportunities came and went as Kuyt's deflected shot from an angle cannoned back off the woodwork and Carroll twice fired over after right-wing crosses from Kuyt and Johnson picked him out.