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phrasal verb [intransitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theycome along
he/she/itcomes along
present participlecoming along
past tensecame along
past participlecome along
  1. 1
    to arrive, or to become available

    He decided to give the money to the first stranger who came along.

    He told me to work hard and take every opportunity that comes along.

  2. 2
    to go somewhere with someone

    I’ve never seen a baseball game – do you mind if I come along?

    1. a.
      to go somewhere so that you can be with someone who went there earlier

      Ray had some work to finish and decided to come along later.

  3. 3
    [usually progressive] to make progress, or to get better in quality, skill, or health

    The building work was coming along nicely.

    be coming along with something:

    How’s Kathleen coming along with her swimming?

  4. 4
    come along mainly British old-fashioned
    1. a.
      used for telling someone in an impatient way to do something quickly

      Come along now, or we’ll be late.

    2. b.
      old-fashioned used for telling someone that you do not believe or accept what they are saying

      Come along now! It can’t have been as bad as that!

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