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become of (someone)

Happen to. I haven't seen my childhood best friend in years. I wonder what became of her.
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tempers frayed

Things became tense among people; people lost their tempers. Tempers frayed at Thanksgiving when Uncle Stu and Aunt Marsha started arguing about politics.
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what will become/has become/became of somebody/something?

used to ask what will happen or what has happened to somebody/something: What became of that student who used to live with you?I hate to think what will become of them if they lose their home.
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It became Bracco Diagnostics, and she became the senior sales systems manager in charge of consolidating and developing sales systems.
Eliza became more active in promoting Sunday schools for adults, in which education was provided rather than church dogma.
All of this became possible only because of the preceding discoveries, from the discovery of the planet Ceres, to Gauss' discovery of least squares, to the discovery of x-ray diffraction and x-ray crystallography, all of which had been done with no thought of the possible usefulness in improving public health.
Others, like Tara Hutchinson, a 20-year-old theology student at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh who became Catholic in April 2006, are generally orthodox but resist labels.
In 1957, James and the Board of Directors changed the name to California Racing Association, when it became an all-sprint car club.
Since we always wore white jerseys, we called the first team the "White" team, and since the other colors of LSU were purple and gold, our second team, the "Gold" team, became the "Go" team.
Twenty years later, the measure became known as "economic value added," or EVA.
Newington's public lands became a town forest when that movement gained popularity after 1900, and timber harvests helped to defray the costs of building a stone school in 1920.
During pregnancy, the majority of women did not smoke (78%) or drink alcohol (61%), and 85% began receiving prenatal care in the first trimester; their average weight gain was about 15 kg Although 73% of the women remained adequately employed while pregnant, 4% became unemployed and 7% became inadequately employed--either switching to work paying poverty wages (6%) or switching to part-time work involuntarily (1%).
In 1960, Britain granted independence to Somalia as well; in the next five years, nine more British colonies--Uganda, Zambia, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe among them--also became free.
He became a Canadian citizen and attended Oberlin College for six months.
Recently, South Korean scientists became the first team to create a stem cell line from a cloned human embryo.
He became the executive officer for the diocese of British Columbia in 1997.
In this attractively written, very accessible book, Elaine Pagels weaves together remembrances of poignant episodes in her own life with aspects of the history of second and third century Christianity to make the case, somewhat wistfully, that in its earliest beginnings Christianity was less dogmatic and more varied, inclusive, and experiential than it later became.