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come forward

1. To move toward a point of congregation; to step forward. Anyone involved in the ceremony may come forward at this time.
2. To share information, often in court or otherwise regarding a wrongdoing. Will the first witness please come forward? The police are asking anyone with more information on the crime to come forward.
3. To present oneself to offer help. Luckily, an audience member came forward to help me with the microphone.
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come forward (with something)

to bring something, such as information, to someone's attention. Colleen came forward with a new idea. I hope you each can come forward with something useful.
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come forward

 
1. Lit. to move oneself forward. come forward and stand before the whole class.
2. Fig. to present oneself to offer evidence in court voluntarily. Why did you not come forward earlier in the trial? I was afraid to come forward during the trial.
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come forward

Present oneself, offer one's services, as in The boss asked for more help, but no one was inclined to come forward. [Early 1800s]
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come forward

v.
1. To step out and present oneself: The teacher asked the three boys to come forward and receive their award.
2. To offer information or assistance: After the fire, several families came forward with some money for the victims.
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And we're hardly at the beginning of people coming forward.
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Anderson, a prominent Minnesota attorney who has handled dozens of clergy sex abuse cases, told the Union-Tribune, "As more permission is given to all victims to come forward, we are seeing as large a number of female victims coming forward as we are male.
She added: 'Women are now coming forward and making positive changes to their lives.
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We have people from the ministry sitting down with members from the environmental groups and members from the industry coming forward with recommendations under the forest accord.
The hope is that the Santee shootings, which left 2 students dead and 13 people injured, were an aberration in a new trend of students coming forward with information.
Poor weather in the south west of Spain has reduced the volumes of strawberries coming forward.
Even when the dancer does not go through sur le cou-de-pied, she still takes her foot off the floor with the toes going back and the heel coming forward.
Stress confidentiality and that you, the employer, will not tolerate retaliation against any employee for coming forward.
Geophysicists are now coming forward with some ideas of their own.
Nonfiler employee awareness programs could focus on the advantages of voluntarily coming forward to file late returns and the type of information and assistance available to help delinquent taxpayers.
And in today's world, coming forward to testify to one's victimization - to publicize a private humiliation - may be even more painful than the harassment itself.
Most of the scandals we hear about in the not-for-profit industry are the result of an employee or former employee coming forward to report wrong doing.