Green’s Dictionary of Slang

come v.3

[abbr. SE come over, to become]

1. 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.

[UK]J. Wight Mornings in Bow St. 23: ‘Hallo! missis,’ says I, ‘don't you come that ’ere [i.e. stealing his food] agen’.
[UK]Hotten 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.
[UK]Sporting Times 1 Mar. 2/4: Gubbins didn’t come that game again’.
[UK]Sheffield Wkly Teleg. 14 Oct. 19/2: Guess it’s foolish trying to come any tricks over me.
[UK]Western Dly Press 8 Feb. 4/5: If you come any funny stuff [...] he will call on your wife and tell her.
[UK]J. Curtis Gilt Kid 68: Does he come any funny business?
[Aus]L. Glassop We Were the Rats 51: I’m awake-up, I am. Ya doan need ter come that stuff with me.
[Ire](con. 1940s) B. Behan Borstal Boy 31: Don’t you come that stuff here.
[UK]H. Pinter Caretaker Act III: Don’t come nothing with me, mate [...] Don’t come it with me.
[US]H. Rap Brown Die Nigger Die! 48: ‘You saw it!’ I yelled. ‘Don’t come handing me that.’.
[UK]T. Lewis Plender [ebook]‘What for?’ ‘Don’t come that. You know what for’.
[Aus](con. 1941) R. Beilby Gunner 257: Don’t come that stunt with me, sport, or I’ll point ya pizzle to the sky!
[NZ]G. Newbold Big Huey 122: The next time the screw tries to come any shit, you just tell him to do his own dirty work.

2. to learn, to show oneself fluent.

[Ind]Delhi Sketch Bk 1 May 60/1: I couldn’t come Awahic or Pawsian, but [...] I have learned to understand Scotch pwitty well.

In phrases

come... (v.)

see also under relevant n. or adj.

come a Cadorna (v.) [Ital. come a Cadorna, like Cadorna; General Cadorna, leader of the defeated Italian troops at WW1 battle of Caporetto in 1917]

(Aus/N.Z.) to suffer a disaster.

[Aus]Advocate (Burnie, Tas.) 5 June 7/2: You keep it under your hat, or you’ll come a Cadorna, I promise you!
[NZ]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.
come a crash (v.)

(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.
[Aus]J.S. Finney 5 July diary 🌐 Out at night as supply tank guide. Fritz countered but came an abominable crash.
[Aus]W.H. Downing Digger Dialects 17: come a crash — To suffer misfortune.
come a Kerensky (v.) [A.F. Kerensky (1881–1970), prime minister of the second Russian provisional govt., deposed in the Bolshevik Revolution of Oct. 1917]

(Aus.) to suffer a humiliation.

[Aus]W.H. Downing Digger Dialects 30: kerensky — To come a Kerensky. See gutzer.
[Aus](con. WWI) A.G. Pretty Gloss. of Sl. [...] in the A.I.F. 1921–1924 (rev. t/s) n.p.: kerensky. To come a Karensky See ‘Gutzer’.
come a regimental (v.)

(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’.
[Aus]Tweed Dly (Murwillumbah, NSW) 17 May 7/4: But I’ve come a regimental; I have lobbed; I’m down and out.
[Aus]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’.
come correct (v.)

(US black) to do something the way it should be done.

[US]Source Mar. 74: I can’t have him diss me, so I gotta come correct.
[US]‘Touré’ Portable Promised Land (ms.) 157: We Words (My Favorite Things) [...] Come hard. Come correct. Catch wreck.
[US]‘Grandmaster Flash’ Adventures 206: There’d been moments where it looked like Mel, Scorp, and Cowboy might come correct on our side, but then they stopped showing up.
come countryman over (v.) [the gullibility of the country-dweller]

to wheedle, to cajole, to trick.

[UK]‘Bill Truck’ Man o’ War’s Man (1843) 147: At some pains in endeavouring to come countryman over Gilbert the moment they came into contact.
come good (v.) (orig. Aus./N.Z.)

1. of things, to turn out well.

[Aus]K. Tennant 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’.

[Aus]Dly Mercury (Mackay, Qld) 3 Nov. 4/1: [headline] Railwaymen Come Good [...] 90,000 railway men had enlisted up to the present.
[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 10 Mar. 3/6: The Caravel two-year-olds have come good with a vengeance.
[Aus]‘Nino Culotta’ They’re a Weird Mob (1958) 116: Moody bastards. [...] They’ll come good in a minute.
[Aus]W. Dick Bunch of Ratbags 64: For having accepted a bodgie coin, he would be obliged to come good out of his pay.
[Aus]J. Byrell (con. 1959) Up the Cross 22: She finally came good and let Old Jim keep the hound.
[UK]M. Amis 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.
[NZ] McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl.
come half-larks with (v.)

see under lark n.2

come on (v.)

see separate entry.

come over (v.)

see separate entry.

come the... (v.)

see separate entries.