to practise some form of dodge, to pose or act in a certain way; usu. as come on v.1 ; come over v.2 ; come the... v.
|Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. (2nd edn) 120: ‘Don’t come tricks here’ [...] i.e., we are aware of your practices and ‘twig’ your manoeuvre.|
|Sporting Times 1 Mar. 2/4: Gubbins didn’t come that game again’.|
|Sheffield Wkly Teleg. 14 Oct. 19/2: Guess it’s foolish trying to come any tricks over me.|
|Western Dly Press 8 Feb. 4/5: If you come any funny stuff [...] he will call on your wife and tell her.|
|Gilt Kid 68: Does he come any funny business?|
|We Were the Rats 51: I’m awake-up, I am. Ya doan need ter come that stuff with me.|
|(con. 1940s) Borstal Boy 31: Don’t you come that stuff here.|
|Caretaker Act III: Don’t come nothing with me, mate [...] Don’t come it with me.|
|Die Nigger Die! 44: ‘You saw it!’ I yelled. ‘Don’t come handing me that.’.|
|(con. 1941) Gunner 257: Don’t come that stunt with me, sport, or I’ll point ya pizzle to the sky!|
|Big Huey 122: The next time the screw tries to come any shit, you just tell him to do his own dirty work.|
see also under relevant n. or adj.
(Aus/N.Z.) to suffer a disaster.
|Advocate (Burnie, Tas.) 5 June 7/2: You keep it under your hat, or you’ll come a Cadorna, I promise you!|
|Hawera & Normanby Star (NZ) 27 Nov. 3/3: Caporetto was the Italian St Quentin; to ‘come a Cadorna’ became one rendering of a homely phrase with the Australian troops.|
(Aus.) to encounter difficulties.
|Quiz (Adelaide) 26 July 12/3: But don’t believe in anything so rash, / You will see these high-flown notions / Come a crash.|
|5 July diary [Internet] Out at night as supply tank guide. Fritz countered but came an abominable crash.|
|Digger Dialects 17: come a crash — To suffer misfortune.|
(Aus.) to suffer a humiliation.
|Digger Dialects 30: kerensky — To come a Kerensky. See gutzer.|
|(con. WWI) Gloss. of Sl. [...] in the A.I.F. 1921–1924 (rev. t/s) n.p.: kerensky. To come a Karensky See ‘Gutzer’.|
(Aus.) to get into trouble.
|Swan Exp. (Midland Junction, WA) 28 Nov. 4/4: [They Say] That if G. L. continues his practice of trying to fill last place in the hopes of getting a better handicap, he will come a Regimental ‘G’.|
|Tweed Dly (Murwillumbah, NSW) 17 May 7/4: But I’ve come a regimental; I have lobbed; I’m down and out.|
|Advocate (Burnie, Tas.) 5 June 7/2: Hope the big stiff comes a regimental — always was a non-starter.|
|Land (Sydney) 16 Aug. 12/4: They could not understand the backing of Gay Ballerina and it was decided to take her out before anyone else backed her. Evidently some one has come a ‘regimental’.|
(US black) to do something the way it should be done.
|Source Mar. 74: I can’t have him diss me, so I gotta come correct.|
|Portable Promised Land (ms.) 157: We Words (My Favorite Things) [...] Come hard. Come correct. Catch wreck.|
to wheedle, to cajole, to trick.
|Man o’ War’s Man (1843) 147: At some pains in endeavouring to come countryman over Gilbert the moment they came into contact.|
1. of things, to turn out well.
|Joyful Condemned 16: From now on things are going to come good.|
2. of people or animals, to prove themselves (esp. after an unpromising start), to ‘come up trumps’.
|Dly Mercury (Mackay, Qld) 3 Nov. 4/1: [headline] Railwaymen Come Good [...] 90,000 railway men had enlisted up to the present.|
|Truth (Sydney) 10 Mar. 3/6: The Caravel two-year-olds have come good with a vengeance.|
|They’re a Weird Mob (1958) 116: Moody bastards. [...] They’ll come good in a minute.|
|Bunch of Ratbags 64: For having accepted a bodgie coin, he would be obliged to come good out of his pay.|
|London Fields 79: Keith’s house is not a home. [...] It’s somewhere for the wife and child, and somewhere to flop, until Keith comes good on the ponies or the darts.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl.|
see under lark n.3
(UK Und.) to cheat.
|Vulgarities of Speech Corrected.|
see separate entry.
see separate entry.
(US) to defame.
|Dock Rats of N.Y. (2006) 63: I might come ‘Quaker’ on you, and give you a bad name.|
see come on strong under come on v.1
see separate entries.