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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The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said between four and five members came into contact with chemical agents while searching a group of rebel tunnels in the Damascus suburb of Jobar over the weekend.
Any officers who came into contact with the potentially dangerous brown substance were taken to hospital.
The workers believe that water cooling systems around the furnace came into contact with heat inside the structure through its brick walls.
Michael Halsell, 17, sustained second- and third-degree burns over 70 percent to 80 percent of his body after he came into contact with a high tension wire on the 140-foot tower, officials said.
The other (Halsell) came into contact with a 220,000-volt wire, and he's in critical condition.