1. (orig. US) an ambitious, go-ahead person, ‘the coming man’.
|Base Ball Field 91: He piled up error after error, but Dan said he was a ‘comer’ [OED].|
|Forty Modern Fables 2: [He] was pointed out as a Comer in the Business World.|
|Shorty McCabe 8: I dropped into the only thing I knew how to do, trainin’ comers to go against the champs.|
|Enemy to Society 330: When it comes to talkin’, anybuddy ’ud think Jeffries was still a ‘comer’!|
|(con. 1910s) Elmer Gantry 289: I want this man — he’s a comer — he’d be useful to me.|
|Iron Man 25: He’s a comer, Coke. He looks clumsy but he’s fast.|
|Texas Stories (1995) 104: The kid was one of those soldiers’ champions who’d looked like a comer around the camp PX.‘Depend on Aunt Elly’ in|
|Pittsburgh Courier (PA) 8 Apr. 20/1: What’s to become of the comer, the younger struggling performers who are trying to make their way.|
|Fowlers End (2001) 238: Now this I call nishertive. You’re learning, Daniels, you’re a comer.|
|Iron Orchard (1967) 108: Boyd Hallam [...] who Hoss described as a ‘real comer’.|
|Alice in La-La Land (1999) 129: Bama was twenty-seven and a comer. His foot was on the ladder.|
|Guardian Guide 12–18 June 7: Fraser’s a real comer.|
2. (US) a business, club or project promising success.
|Phila. Eve. Bulletin 9 Sept. 41: He said the club [the New York Yankees] is a comer [ W&F].|