come by - definition and synonyms

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

See also main entry: come