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come under (someone or something)
1. Literally, to move beneath someone or something. Why don't you come under the parasol for a while and get out of that hot sun? Rain water has been coming under the porch lately, so we'll need to do some landscaping around the house to stop it.
2. To be categorized in a particular way. What classes come under the Liberal Arts discipline at this school?
3. To be one's responsibility. The benefits team comes under the Director of Human Resources.
4. To be subjected to some severe or intense action or process, such as judgment, criticism, or attack. Their business practices have been coming under scrutiny from the FBI lately. The company came under fire after a newspaper reported allegations of the CEO's misappropriation of funds.
5. To become the object of someone's favorable actions. He came under the tutelage of the esteemed writer at a very young age, so he's had a great deal of time to hone the craft. The government announced that millions of the most vulnerable citizens would be coming under its protection following the economic crash.
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come under something
to be classed in the category of something. This request comes under the category of a plain nuisance. Your proposal comes under the heading of new business and is out of order.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. Fit into a category or classification, as in This document comes under the heading "classified." [Mid-1600s]
2. Be the responsibility or province of, as in My department comes under your jurisdiction. [Early 1700s]
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.