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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theycome off
he/she/itcomes off
present participlecoming off
past tensecame off
past participlecome off
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive]come off something to fall off something that you are riding
    She’d come off her new bike and hurt her knee.
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive]come off something if something such as dirt or paint comes off something, it is removed by washing or rubbing
    The chewing gum wouldn’t come off.
    1. a.
      to stop being attached to something
      I pulled at the drawer, and the handle came off.
      One of the legs has come off the table.
  3. 3
    [transitive]come off something to stop taking something such as a medicine or drug
    She’d been advised to come off the medication immediately.
  4. 4
    [intransitive] to succeed
    What if their plan doesn’t come off?
    The party didn’t quite come off as we had hoped.
  5. 5
    [intransitive] to happen
    Another competition is coming off in the summer.
  6. 6
    [intransitive] to achieve a particular result in an activity, especially a competition or fight
    come off well/badly/best/worst: He came off quite badly in the exchange of insults.
  7. 8
    American same as come1
    I don’t want to come off as desperate.
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