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English verb: come by

1. come by (social) visit informally and spontaneously

SamplesWe frequently drop by the neighbors' house for a cup of coffee.

Synonymsdrop by, drop in

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)call, call in, visit

2. come by (possession) obtain, especially accidentally

Synonymscome into

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)acquire, get

Narrower (hyponym)hit, stumble

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