To publicly announce a belief or preference that one has kept hidden, especially one’s sexual preference: “At the last moment, the representative came out of the closet and announced her support for the controversial amendment.” (See skeleton in the closet.)
see: come out , def. 6.
- Come out swinging
verb phrase To be eager and aggressive; come on strong: Labor chief comes out swinging/ the fighter came out smoking, trying to dazzle the audience with a flurry of quips (1990s+)
- Come over someone
verb phrase To convince or influence, esp by force or fraud: Then I realized he was just trying to come over me, not inform me (1609+)
verb A person who prefers and practices fellatio: a nutty come-queen named Linda Lovelace (1970s+)
[kuhm-er] /ˈkʌm ər/ noun 1. Informal. a person or thing that is progressing well or is very promising: He looks like a comer in state politics. 2. a person or thing that arrives. /ˈkʌmə/ noun 1. (in combination) a person who comes: all-comers, newcomers 2. (informal) a potential success n. “visitor,” mid-14c., agent noun from […]