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come-on

[kuhm-on, -awn] /ˈkʌmˌɒn, -ˌɔn/
noun, Slang.
1.
inducement; lure.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase come on
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British Dictionary definitions for come-on

come on

verb (intransitive, mainly adverb)
1.
(of power, a water supply, etc) to become available; start running or functioning
2.
to make or show progress; develop: my plants are coming on nicely
3.
to advance, esp in battle
4.
to begin: she felt a cold coming on, a new bowler has come on
5.
(theatre) to make an entrance on stage
6.
to be considered, esp in a court of law
7.
(preposition) See come upon
8.
come on!
  1. hurry up!
  2. cheer up! pull yourself together!
  3. make an effort!
  4. don't exaggerate! stick to the facts!
9.
to attempt to give a specified impression: he came on like a hard man
10.
come on strong, to make a forceful or exaggerated impression
11.
(informal) come on to, to make sexual advances to
noun
12.
(informal) anything that serves as a lure or enticement
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Slang definitions & phrases for come-on

come-on

modifier

: football bowls baited with $100,000 or so of come-on money

noun

Anything designed to attract or seduce; an enticement: I gave her a big grin, but she knew it was a come-on (1902+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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