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phrasal verb [intransitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theycome in
he/she/itcomes in
present participlecoming in
past tensecame in
past participlecome in
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  1. 2
    to arrive somewhere
    What time does his train come in?
  2. 3
    if something such as a message comes in, it is received by someone
    Reports are coming in of a major air accident.
    1. a.
      if money comes in, it is earned or received by someone
      We’ve got absolutely no money coming in at the moment.
  3. 4
    to go to work
    He’s too sick to come in today.
  4. 5
    if someone comes in, they come to your house in order to do work
    I’ve got the plumber coming in tomorrow.
  5. 8
    to join a conversation or discussion by saying something
    I’d like to come in here and make a suggestion.
  6. 9
    to join other people who are involved in something such as a business project
    come in on: If your friend wants to come in on the deal, he’ll need to put a lot of money on the table.
    I’m looking for people to come in with me on a new restaurant venture.
  7. 10
    to become fashionable at a particular time
    It was a time when short hair for men was just coming in.
  8. 11
    to finish a race in a particular position
    come in first/second/third etc.: My horse came in third.
  9. 12
    come in handy to be useful for a particular situation
    A big sheet of plastic always comes in handy when you’re camping.
  10. 13
    where someone/something comes in what someone or something is needed for
    We’ll need new information systems, and that’s where Steve comes in.
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