come into

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come into

  1. Inherit, acquire, as in She expected to come into a fortune when she turned twenty-one. [Early 1700s]

  2. Accede to power or office, as in He came into office in 1820 and served three terms. [Early 1800s]

  3. come into one's own. Get rightful possession of something; achieve rightful recognition. For example, The serial composers have finally come into their own. [Early 1900s]

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