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come at someone or something
1. to make a threatening move toward someone or something. The gorilla came at the cage and shook the bars. Walter came at the cake as if he were going to snatch the whole thing.
2. to attack someone or something. The elephant came at us and we moved away. The cat came at the mouse and pounced on it.
1. Get hold of, attain, as in You can come at a classical education with diligent study. [Mid-1800s]
2. Rush at, make for, attack, as in They came at him in full fore. [Mid-1600s]
1. To approach or address something, especially some situation or problem: This is a difficult problem, but we all came at it with interesting ideas.
2. To bombard or assail someone repeatedly or persistently: Questions came at the mayor one after the other, but she answered them all confidently.
3. To rush at someone, especially to attack: They came at me with knives, so I ran away.