come and go

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come and go

  1. Arrive and depart, either briefly or repeatedly; go to and fro. Shakespeare had it in The Merry Wives of Windsor (2:2): "He may come and go between you both." [Late 1300s]

  2. Alternately appear and disappear, as in This rash is odd; it comes and goes. [Mid-1300s] Also see coming or going; easy come, easy go.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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