From Middle English com in, imperative form of Middle English incomen (“to come in; enter”), from Old English incuman (“to come in; enter”), from Proto-Germanic *inkwemaną (“to come in; enter”), equivalent to come + in. Compare Dutch kom in (“come in”, singular imperative form of inkomen (“to come in; enter”)), German einkommen (“to come in; enter”). See also income, incoming.
- Used other than as an idiom: see come, in.
- To enter.
- Please come in and look around.
- To arrive.
- That flight just came in.
- To become relevant, applicable, or useful.
- The third stage of the plan is where Team B comes in.
- 1889, Thomas Huxley, in Popular Science Monthly; part of the "Agnosticism controversy", Agnosticism: A Rejoinder
- As I have shown, "infidel" merely means somebody who does not believe what you believe yourself, and therefore Dr. Wace has a perfect right to call, say, my old Egyptian donkey-driver, Nooleh, and myself, infidels, just as Nooleh and I have a right to call him an infidel. The ludicrous aspect of the thing comes in only when either of us demands that the two others should so label themselves.
- To become available.
- Blueberries will be coming in next month.
- (of a broadcast, such as radio or television) To have a strong enough signal to be able to be received well.
- Most of the neighbors get 14 channels, but only two of them come in well here.
- (music) To join or enter; to begin playing with a group.
- They started together, but the drummer came in late.
- (often imperative) To begin transmitting.
- This is Charlie 456 to base. Come in, base. Do you read me?
- To function in the indicated manner.
- Four-wheel drive sure came in handy while the bridge was washed out.
- (of a fugitive or a person in hiding) To surrender; to turn oneself in.
2006, G. D. McCrary, Guerrillas in the Midst, page 352:
- Every police officer and agent in New York City is gunning for you. If you come in now, I can guarantee your safety.
- To finish a race or similar competition in a particular position, such as first place, second place, or the like.
- The horse I had bet on came in fourth in the second race.
- To finish a race or similar competition in first place.
- My horse came in in the first race.