Collocations With The Word Come

Collocations are words that usually go together in English.

Here we are going to look at words that go with 'come' to make useful and popular expressions you will hear in social and professional contexts.

Come clean

To 'come clean' means to admit something, or tell the truth about something you have been hiding. It is often an admission of guilt.


  • The board have been keeping their cards close to their chest about the takeover. I wish they would just come clean about their plans for the company.
  • I couldn't stand the feelings of guilt, so I came clean and told David that I was the one who damaged his car.
  • Stop lying and just come clean about where you were last night!

Come into view

When something or somebody 'comes into view,' they suddenly emerge or become visible.


  • I thought I was lost until I turned a corner and suddenly the house came into view.
  • Keep an eye out your window. The mountain should be coming into view any minute now.
  • The hunter had to wait for the deer to come into view before he pulled the trigger.

Come prepared

If you 'come prepared,' you arrive at a place or situation ready to do or deal with something.


  • The candidate had clearly come prepared for the job interview. She had an in-depth knowledge of our operations.
  • It was due to rain heavily during the field trip, so students came prepared with jackets and wellies.
  • There will probably be food at the event, but there's no harm in coming prepared with a few sandwiches just in case there isn't.

Come to a compromise

To 'come to a compromise' means to resolve a problem or settle a dispute by making a concession(s) or allowance(s).


  • After weeks of negotiations, the two sides finally came to a compromise and a deal was signed.
  • Let's come to a compromise - I'll use the car at weekends and you can have it during the week.
  • As peace talks have stalled, there is little chance of the two countries coming to a compromise before the end of the ceasefire.

Come to a decision

When you 'come to a decision,' you reach a conclusion or resolution on something, usually after proper consideration.


  • After thinking things over for a while, I've come to a decision. I will be leaving the company at the end of the month.
  • Coming to a decision wasn't easy for me. I had to rely on the advice of my friends and family.
  • I would rather the boss just came to a decision about the plan, because all this uncertainty is affecting staff morale.

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