come over

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come over (third-person singular simple present comes over, present participle coming over, simple past came over, past participle come over)

  1. (transitive) To affect in a sudden, unprecedented or surprising manner; to overwhelm a person's ordinarily contrary impulse.
    I apologise for my behaviour last night. I don't know what came over me.
    • 1898, J. Meade Falkner, chapter 4, in Moonfleet, London, Toronto, Ont.: Jonathan Cape, published 1934:
      It was then that a great pity came over me for this thin shadow of man; thinking rather what a fine, tall gentleman Colonel Mohune had once been, and a good soldier no doubt besides, than that he had wasted a noble estate and played traitor to the king.
  2. (intransitive) To change one's position or location, especially to someone's place of residence; to come by.
    • 1918, Willa Sibert Cather, My Ántonia:
      "I think, Emmaline," he concluded, "I will ask Ántonia to come over and help you in the kitchen. She will be glad to earn something, and it will be a good time to end misunderstandings. I may as well ride over this morning and make arrangements. Do you want to go with me, Jim?" His tone told me that he had already decided for me.
  3. (dated, slang, transitive) To deceive or get the better of; overreach.
    • 1861, Elizabeth Gaskell, The Grey Woman:
      Some fine day we may have the country raised, and ​the gendarmes down upon us from Strasburg, and all owing to your pretty doll, with her cunning ways of coming over you.