First, the National Highway Transpiration Safety Administration (NHTSA) came down as hard as it could Friday on General Motors.
"They saluted and marched upstairs and they came down so ceremoniously," said Madikizela-Mandela.
And finally, he went up a mountain with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, guru to the stars, and came down again a convinced mystic.
Case in point: the Rachel Corrie verdict—or rather, the context and implications of the verdict—which came down over a week ago.
Well my boyfriend [Jim Ready, who is 30 years younger than Frank] came down.
When Dicksie came down, Marion stood at the foot of the stairs.
He was shown into the parlor, and Will Paine came down to see him.
She got a glimpse of him standing thus, as she came down the stairs.
She came down to breakfast singing the words in a sort of ecstasy.
"I'm a little late," he said, when Bartrow came down the path.
Old English cuman "come, approach, land; come to oneself, recover; arrive; assemble" (class IV strong verb; past tense cuom, com, past participle cumen), from Proto-Germanic *kwem- (cf. Old Saxon cuman, Old Frisian kuma, Middle Dutch comen, Dutch komen, Old High German queman, German kommen, Old Norse koma, Gothic qiman), from PIE root *gwa-, *gwem- "to go, come" (cf. Sanskrit gamati "he goes," Avestan jamaiti "goes," Tocharian kakmu "come," Lithuanian gemu "to be born," Greek bainein "to go, walk, step," Latin venire "to come").
The substitution of Middle English -o- for Old English -u- before -m-, -n-, or -r- was a scribal habit before minims to avoid misreading the letters in the old style handwriting, which jammed letters. The practice similarly transformed some, monk, tongue, worm. Modern past tense form came is Middle English, probably from Old Norse kvam, replacing Old English cuom.
Remarkably productive with prepositions (NTC's "Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs" lists 198 combinations); consider the varied senses in come to "regain consciousness," come over "possess" (as an emotion), come at "attack," come on (interj.) "be serious," and come off "occur." For sexual senses, see cum.