come in(to) contact

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come in(to) contact

1. Literally, to touch someone or something. Jill got chicken pox too after coming in contact with her cousins while they were sick. Be careful not to come into contact with that plant—it's poison ivy.
2. To encounter someone or something. I'd never come into contact with this theory before, but it's pretty interesting.
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come in(to) contact

 (with someone or something)
1. Lit. to touch someone or something, probably unknowingly. How many people have come into contact with the sick man? He came in contact with almost no one.
2. Fig. to meet up with and learn about someone or something. Have you ever come into contact with trigonometry before? I have never come in contact with anything so difficult.
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References in classic literature ?
Pricked by the first hook it touches, the sturgeon gives a startled leap and comes into contact with half a dozen more hooks.
When one cell comes into contact with three other cells, which, from the spheres being nearly of the same size, is very frequently and necessarily the case, the three flat surfaces are united into a pyramid; and this pyramid, as Huber has remarked, is manifestly a gross imitation of the three-sided pyramidal basis of the cell of the hive-bee.
Anyone who inadvertently comes into contact with the insect named thepine processionary(Thaumetopoea pityocampa) or its larvae, should seek medical attention, it added.
If the powder comes into contact with water it turns into the lethal gas hydrogen cyanide.
Police were called to the McColls newsagents, on Old Chester Road, Great Sutton, and are now urging anyone who comes into contact with the dyed cash or who may have seen someone with dye on their clothing or hands to get in touch with them.
With this in mind, SCHOTT designed syriQ InJentle to decrease the risk by reducing the number of materials and components the drug comes into contact with during storage.
This is "switched on" only if it comes into contact with a protein that is specifically released by cancer cells.
Contamination can occur during a flood or when water used on the plants comes into contact with animal feces, he added.
Kidnapped by mercenary lions, she escapes and has to make her way in the forest where she comes into contact with a wolf pack.
If the transducer is not protected by a pyrogen-free cover and it comes into contact with TSE's (Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies) it can not be sterilized by boiling or irradiating.
SBES, the lone worker protection specialist, has launched a new alarm unit that activates when it comes into contact with water.
When the brown-colored solution comes into contact with starch, the mystery element reacts and turns the solution blue.
The tobacco emits an acrid aroma when it comes into contact with the other materials, making the choice of the two images even more mysterious.
As the purge gas rises through the melt, it comes into contact with the hydrogen, absorbs it and carries it out to the surface.
Whenever any foreign body comes into contact with your blood, there's a propensity for dots to form," says Larry Keefer of the National Cancer Institute in Frederick, Md.