come on as

come on as (something)

To be seen in a particular way by other people. Molly comes on as a very cheerful girl, and that's truly her personality—you'll find that out once you get to know her better.
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come on as something

to appear to be something; to project one's image as something. The senator comes on as a liberal, but we all know better. He comes on as a happy guy, but he is miserable.
See also: come, on
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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