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become one flesh
To join together with another person in marriage. Taken from the biblical verse regarding marriage, "And the two shall become one flesh." It can also refer to sexual intercourse in general, which is meant in Judeo-Christian beliefs to be withheld until after marriage. My longtime girlfriend and I finally got engaged, and we will become one flesh this summer. Many people choose to wait until they are married to become one flesh with someone.
become reconciled with (someone or something)
To forgive, accept, or make peace with someone, something, or some situation. I haven't spoken to my brother in 10 years, but I still hope to become reconciled with him some day.
every eel hopes to become a whale
A phrase highlighting one's ambition. Just like every eel hopes to become a whale, I dream of becoming the CEO one day.
become of (someone)
Happen to. I haven't seen my childhood best friend in years. I wonder what became of her.
Things became tense among people; people lost their tempers. Tempers frayed at Thanksgiving when Uncle Stu and Aunt Marsha started arguing about politics.
what will become of (someone or something)
What will happen to (someone or something); what will the end result be for (someone or something). What will become of our troops when they return home from the war? Will they get the resources they need to readapt to civilian life? Scientists are still trying to determine what will become of the probe once it loses auxiliary power.
become of someone or something
to happen or occur to someone or something. Whatever became of Joe and his friends? I don't know what became of my other plaid sock.
end up (as)( something ) to become something
at the end of everything. I always knew I would end up as a doctor. If I don't get a job, I will end up a beggar.
Happen to, befall, be the fate of, as in I haven't seen Joe in a year; what has become of his book? The King James Bible has this idiom (Genesis 37:20): "We shall see what will become of his dreams." [Late 1500s]
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.
To happen to someone or something; be the fate of someone or something: Nobody really knows what became of the coach after he retired. What has become of the old garden?