when it comes to

when it comes to something

as for something; speaking about something. When it comes to fishing, John is an expert. When it comes to trouble, Mary really knows how to cause it.
See also: come

when it comes to

Also, if or when it comes right down to . As regards, when the situation entails. For example, When it comes to renting or buying, you'll spend about the same amount. It is also put as when it comes down to it or that , as in If it comes right down to it, they said you could visit any time you're able to, or When it comes to that, we can lend you the fare. This idiom uses come to in the sense of "amount to" or "be equivalent to." [Second half of 1700s]
See also: come

when it comes to something/to doing something

when it is a question of something: When it comes to getting things done, he’s useless.
See also: come, something
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Plummers ain't exactly Jack Regan, but he's the guv'nor when it comes to keeping the show moving.
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According to Esmond, some 75% of Scion buyers are new to the Toyota brand, so while the sales numbers aren't massive in a traditional sense (although if you look at the total sales and divide by the three models, the number is nearly 43,000 each, which is the sort of thing that people talk about when it comes to "niche" vehicles), there is hope that those who start with Scion will move through the ranks with time and life-stage changes.
And although CPAs are educated and trained to be professional faultfinders, this inherent preoccupation with the negative is a recipe for disaster when it comes to managing human capital.
They may be brutally competitive with other firms but they tend to put on kid gloves when it comes to the customer.
When it comes to weight loss, the bottom line is really an old message: "Calories count," says Walter Willett, head of the nutrition department at the Harvard School of Public Health.
When it comes to blowing smoke, no one can touch Stone, except for President Clinton.
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