come off

Idioms & Phrases

come off

  1. Happen, occur, as in The trip came off on schedule. [Early 1800s]

  2. Acquit oneself, reach the end. This usage always includes a modifier, as in Whenever challenged he comes off badly, or This model is doomed to come off second-best. [Mid-1600s]

  3. Succeed, as in Our dinner party really came off. [Mid-1800s]

  4. See come off it.

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