Come on in



Please enter, as in Come on in, the door’s open. This phrase is simply a friendly request to enter one’s house or some other place. The related come on in, the water’s fine originated as an encouragement (or, sometimes, a command) to a reluctant or fearful swimmer but has been extended to other activities, as in Come on in, the water’s fine—this is a great office to work in!

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  • Come on like gangbusters

    verb phrase To begin or proceed in a vigorous fashion: I come on like the Gang Busters and go off like The March of Time [1942+; fr the radio program Gangbusters of 1937–1942, which was introduced by a noisy miscellany of sirens, shots, screeches, music, etc]

  • Come on to someone

    noun (Variations: chuzpa or hutzpa or hutzpah) Extreme and offensive brashness; arrogant presumption; hubris: Chutzpa is that quality enshrined in a man who, having killed his mother and father, throws himself on the mercy of the court because he is an orphan/ The hutzpah of using Studio 54 was much commented on (1892+)



  • Come out ahead

    verb phrase To win: Who came out ahead in the poll? (1930s+) Succeed, make a profit. For example, By the end of the year we expect to come out ahead . Also see ahead of the game

  • Come-outer

    [kuhm-ou-ter] /ˌkʌmˈaʊ tər/ noun, Informal. 1. an outspoken or very active supporter of a cause, especially a reformer or a social activist.



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