Green’s Dictionary of Slang

come v.3

[abbr. SE come over, to become]

[late 18C+] 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.

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.

come a crash (v.)

[late 19C-1910s] (Aus.) to encounter difficulties.

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]

[1910s] (Aus.) to suffer a humiliation.

come a regimental (v.)

[1910s-20s] (Aus.) to get into trouble.

come correct (v.)

[1990s+] (US black) to do something the way it should be done.

come countryman over (v.) [the gullibility of the country-dweller]

[early 19C] to wheedle, to cajole, to trick.

come good (v.) [1950s+] (orig. Aus./N.Z.)

1. of things, to turn out well.

2. of people or animals, to prove themselves (esp. after an unpromising start), to ‘come up trumps’.

come half-larks with (v.)

see under lark n.3

come Harry over (v.)

[mid-19C] (UK Und.) to cheat.

come on (v.)

see separate entry.

come over (v.)

see separate entry.

come Quaker on (v.)

[1900s] (US) to defame.

come the... (v.)

see separate entries.