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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theycome by
he/she/itcomes by
present participlecoming by
past tensecame by
past participlecome by

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  1. come by something to get something, especially something that is hard to get
    How did you come by such a beautiful house?
    be hard to come by: At that time, teaching jobs abroad were hard to come by.
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an area in the countryside where there are both housing developments and farms, and many people travel to work in nearby cities

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a company that pays its employees to write online comments in favour or against somebody or something posing as ordinary Internet users

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