Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

come(s) across (as)

come acrosscomes acrosscomes across as
Meaning(s)
1) encounter someone/something unexpectedly, be viewed in a particular way by others
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    • come across something unexpectedly/come across as being quite rude
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  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. As I was walking home yesterday, I came across a group of children playing football in the street.
    2. Due to his surly demeanour, Peter can sometimes come across as being quite rude, but he's actually a very nice guy when you get to know him.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. We've come across a few issues while migrating the data, so we will need to bring in someone from the IT Department to resolve them.
    2. Jennifer's speech at the conference was excellent. I thought she came across as an intelligent, forward thinking young woman.
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