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1. To win, achieve, or accomplish something exceptionally well or very successfully. Said especially of a test, examination, or training of some kind, often in the expression "come through with flying colors." Samantha was rather nervous taking her final exam, but she came through just fine. Your brother has come through his apprenticeship with flying colors. He'll be a master builder in no time!
2. To be revealed, often despite an attempt at masking or hiding. She tried to act happy for us, but her grief came through nonetheless.
3. To be approved. Good news—your auto loan came through!
4. To perform or act as expected. After promising a victory, the captain of the team came through with a great game on Friday night. Ask Ben to bring the ice—he'll come through. Any time I call my mom, she comes through for me with love and support.
5. To be received, transmitted, or broadcast. Call me back later—you're not coming through well, so I can barely hear you.
6. To travel through a particular place or area. It was starting to snow as we came through Chicago. We came through New Jersey to get to New York—how did you get here?
A phrase said (perhaps shouted) when one is trying to pass through a crowded area. Emergency patient coming through! Everybody, move! Excuse me, coming through.
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come through (with something)
to produce or deliver something as promised. Finally, Bob came through with the money he had promised. I knew he would come through.
come through something (with flying colors)
Fig. to survive something quite well. (See also with flying colors. Colors here refers originally to flags.) Todd came through the test with flying colors. Mr. Franklin came through the operation with flying colors.
come through somethingand come through
Fig. to pass through something. Please come through the entrance slowly. Please chain the gate up again when you come through.
1. [for someone] to do what one is expected to do, especially under difficult conditions. You can depend on Jane. She'll always come through. Tom came through at the last minute with everything we needed.
2. [for something] to be approved; [for something] to gain approval. Our mortgage loan approval finally came through! Your papers came through, and you can be sure that the matter has been taken care of.
3. Go to come through (for someone or something).
4. Go to come through something.
5. Go to come through (with something).
(for someone or something) Fig. to produce or perform as promised for someone or a group. You knewlwould come through for you, didn't you? The team came through for its loyal fans again.
Coming through(, please).
Please let me pass through. (Often said by someone trying to get through a crowd of people, as in a passageway or an elevator. Compare this with Out, please.) Tom: Coming through, please. Sue: Give him some room. He wants to get by. Mary (as the elevator stops): Well, this is my floor. Coming through, please. I've got to get off.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. Also, come through with. Do what is required or anticipated; succeed. For example, My parents really came through for me when I needed help, or He came through with flying colors. [Late 1800s]
2. Become manifested or be communicated, as in He tried to keep a straight face but his true feelings came through nevertheless. [Mid-1900s]
3. Be approved, as in If the second mortgage comes through, we can afford to redecorate.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. To arrive or approach by entering and crossing something; pass through the middle of something: We came through Albany. A cold front came through last night.
2. To do what is required or anticipated: Whenever I ask for help, my friends come through for me.
3. To become clear or manifest: The parents' tenderness comes through in their facial expressions.
4. To communicate clearly: The radio signal is not coming through. Am I coming through to you?
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.