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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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