5 phrasal verbs with "Come up"

5 phrasal verbs with "Come up"

By Alena Lien, 

18 September 2020

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Come up



1.   To move towards someone, usually to talk.



  • "Some random person came up to me and asked if I had any cheese."




2.   To be mentioned or talked about in conversation.



  • "The issue regarding the delivery never came up in the meeting."




3.   When something happens unexpectedly and has to be dealt with immediately.



  • "Something came up at home. I have to go."




4.   When something is about to happen soon.



  • "We should prepare for the busy period (that is) coming up."




5.   When something appears.



- When the sun, moon or stars appear in the sky.


  • "Expect the roosters to crow when the sun comes up."



- When information appears on something like a computer screen.


  • "Jake's number came up when my phone rang."



- When a plant grows and appears above the ground.


  • "It doesn't matter what I do, weeds keep coming up."




6.   To be tall, deep, or long enough to reach a particular level.



  • "The grass came up to my knees."




7.   When a job opportunity becomes available.



  • "A position in the HR department has come up if you're interested."




8.   To become richer, more powerful, or more successful than before.



  • "It's hard to come up in a dog eat dog world."




9.   When someone's number or name is selected in a lottery or game.



  • "There are certain numbers that always come up in the national lottery."




10.   To travel to a place, either further north or a higher level.



  • "My relatives are coming up from Australia for the wedding."

  • "Come up to the roof, there's a better view from here."





Come up against (something)



-   To deal with a problem.



  • "We came up against some difficulties when the investigation began."





Come up for (something)



-   To reach the time at which something should happen.


Its use is more formal.



Something can come up for renewal/review/sale.


  • "The contract will come up for renewal next month."



Or come up for discussion/debate.


  • "The issue regarding waste removal came up for discussion in our last meeting."





Come up to (something)



-   To reach the usual or necessary standard.



  • "I think it's very creative but unfortunately it doesn't come up to my expectations."



This is very similar to "meet" when it means "to fulfil or satisfy."



  • "It doesn't meet my expectations."





Come up with (something)



-   To suggest or think of an idea or plan.



  • "They came up with a lot of great ideas to improve work efficiency."





Related Expressions



"Be coming up" - to be happening soon.



  • "The results are coming up soon."




"Coming right up" is a common expression to say that something will be served or delivered very quickly - usually by a waiter.



  • "Grilled cheese sandwich coming right up!"




"Come up with the goods" is an informal idiom - to produce what is wanted.



  • "We'll just wait and see if they're able to come up with the goods."




"Come up for air" is an informal expression - to raise one's head out of the water in order to breathe.



  • "She couldn't hold her breath any longer and eventually came up for air."