come up

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

  1. Used other than as an idiom: see come,‎ up.
    I came up the ladder carefully, holding the bucket in my right hand.
  2. To appear before a judge or court.
  3. (intransitive) To come towards, to approach.
    I was standing on the corner when Nick came up and asked for a cigarette.
  4. (idiomatic, intransitive) To emerge or become known, especially unexpectedly; to come to attention, present itself.
    Unless anything comes up, I'll be there every day this week.
    At some point in the conversation my name came up, and I readily agreed to their proposition.
  5. (Britain, slang, intransitive) To begin to feel the effects of a recreational drug.
    I could tell from her expression she was coming up already.
  6. (Britain, Oxford University slang) To arrive at the university. (Compare go down, send down.)


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