Encounter, especially an obstacle or problem. For example, I’ve never come up against anything I can’t handle, or Dealing with Malcolm is like coming up against a brick wall.
- Come up for air
verb phrase To pause, take a break: been at this since 8 and need to come up for air
- Come up in the world
see: come up , def. 4.
[kuhm-uhp-uh ns] /ˌkʌmˈʌp əns/ noun, Informal. 1. deserved reward or just deserts, usually unpleasant: He finally got his comeuppance for his misbehavior. /ˌkʌmˈʌpəns/ noun 1. (informal) just retribution n. also comeupance, 1859, presumably rooted in verbal phrase come up “present oneself for judgment before a tribunal” + -ance. noun A deserved chastening, esp some event […]
- Come up short
verb phrase To be deficient; not add up to what it ought: Shelton slugged 15 aces, but the rest of his game came up short (1980s+)