1. phrasal verb If you come across something or someone, you find them or meet them by chance. [V P n] ⇒ I came across a group of children playing. [V P n] ⇒ We like to identify and celebrate women's success whenever we come across it. 2. phrasal verb → come If someone or what they are saying comes across in a particular way, they make that impression on people who meet them or are listening to them. [V P + as] ⇒ When sober he can come across as an extremely pleasant and charming young man. [V P adv] ⇒ He came across very, very well.
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