come by

come by
verb
1. visit informally and spontaneously (Freq. 4)
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We frequently drop by the neighbors' house for a cup of coffee

Syn: ↑drop by, ↑drop in
Hypernyms: ↑visit, ↑call in, ↑call
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s

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Somebody ——s PP

2. obtain, especially accidentally (Freq. 3)
Syn: ↑come into
Hypernyms: ↑get, ↑acquire
Hyponyms: ↑stumble, ↑hit
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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1) call casually and briefly as a visitor

his friends came by | she came by the house

2) manage to acquire or obtain (something)

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come by [phrasal verb]
1 : to make a visit to someone

Why don't you come by [=come over] for a while after dinner?

2 come by (something) : to get or acquire (something)

I asked him how he came by the money, but he wouldn't tell me.

A good job is hard to come by. [=it's hard to get a good job]

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Main Entry:come

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ˌcome ˈby derived
(NAmE) to make a short visit to a place, in order to see sb

She came by the house.

Main entry:comederived

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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