come on v.1
1. (orig. US) to seem, to appear, to behave; always modified, usu. by an adj. used adverbially, e.g. come on tough, come on nasty etc.
|Widow Bedott Papers (1883) 38: I always tho’t I’d like to hev a recknin’ with ye about comin’ such a trick on me.|
|Fables in Sl. (1902) 91: Zoroaster and Zendavesta came on very Cocky.|
|Beef, Iron and Wine (1917) 208: Don’t come that stuff on me.‘One Touch of Art’ in|
|Fighting Caravans (1992) 89: Bah! Don’t come that on me, just to make me feel good.|
|(con. 1916) Her Privates We (1986) 148: You needn’t try to come that game on me.|
|‘Are You All Reet?’ [lyrics] Do you come on like Shorty George and me? / Just speel some jive, we’ll dig you out, you see.|
|Mad mag. May–June 20: So old Romeo, if they didn’t pin him Romeo, / Would still be the end and come on hip.|
|On the Yard (2002) 343: Don’t come on heavy with me. I don’t like it.|
|(con. 1960s) Wanderers 63: Before a game he liked to come on twice as big and mean as he was.|
|(con. 1960s) Black Gangster (1991) 20: Why did you come on with all that motorcycle crap.|
|Fort Apache, The Bronx 185: A real punk! Now he was coming on like he’d killed those rookies.|
|Muscle for the Wing 90: That could be a problem if we come on too loose.|
|London Fields 93: Half the time she’s coming on dead tasty.|
|Mondo Desperado 10: Next they’re coming on like the sweetest little angel you’ve ever set your peepers on.|
2. see come on strong
(US black/Harlem) to act in a speedy, efficient manner.
|New Hepsters Dict. in Calloway (1976) 254: comes on like gangbusters (or like test pilot) (v.): plays, sings, or dances in a terrific manner, par excellence in any department.|
1. to speak aggressively, forcefully; to make one’s presence and opinions felt; used both positively and negatively, the latter often as come on too strong.
|Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) 19 June 1/5: Now that was coming a bit strong, considering that [etc].|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 30 July 12/2: The R.C. clergy are before all others at ‘raising the wind.’ [...] Last time I was there M’Guanne was coming strong again.|
|Coll. Stories (1990) 37: He come on so fast I done took out my half pint bottle an poured him a shot under the table ’fore I knew what I was doin’.‘Let Me at the Enemy’ in|
|Man with the Golden Arm 216: After I done it he comes on wit’ a pitch like that.|
|Naked Lunch (1968) 19: The type that comes on with bar-tenders and cab drivers.|
|City of Night 35: Carlo [...] who took me home and for a week came on strong.|
|Go-Boy! 196: I became embroiled in a fist fight with Dallas [...] who I thought was coming on too strong against some of the smaller guys on my team.|
|Educating Rita I vii: I wanna talk seriously with the rest of you, I don’t wanna spend the night takin’ the piss, comin’ on with the funnies because that’s the only way I can get into the conversation.|
|Filth 294: As for someone who is coming on strong today, you need to question their motives.|
|(con. 1964–8) Cold Six Thousand 454: The old Pete was fucked. Barb came on strong. Barb begged him: Pull strings. Brace Carlos. Make Pete retire.|
2. to be seductive.
|Joint (1972) 146: Tony the leader has been coming on strong, apparently in search of a whitey-trophy and he may get it – there’s nothing else on the burner at present.letter 23 Sept. in|
|Under Cover 246: This Ricky is coming on real strong.|