come out


  • "Out of bad comes good."
    "Out of bad comes good."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v come out appear or become visible; make a showing "She turned up at the funeral","I hope the list key is going to surface again"
    • v come out be issued or published "Did your latest book appear yet?","The new Woody Allen film hasn't come out yet"
    • v come out come out of "Water issued from the hole in the wall","The words seemed to come out by themselves"
    • v come out break out "The tooth erupted and had to be extracted"
    • v come out take a place in a competition; often followed by an ordinal "Jerry came in third in the Marathon"
    • v come out be made known; be disclosed or revealed "The truth will out"
    • v come out to state openly and publicly one's homosexuality "This actor outed last year"
    • v come out bulge outward "His eyes popped"
    • v come out make oneself visible; take action "Young people should step to the fore and help their peers"
    • v come out come off "His hair and teeth fell out"
    • v come out result or end "How will the game turn out?"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Coming Out! dirty, tired and grinning Coming Out! dirty, tired and grinning
Come to pry into things, and look about and find out, that wuzn't a real ship Come to pry into things, and look about and find out, that wuzn't a real ship
Blue Beard cried out so loud for her to come down, that his voice shook Blue Beard cried out so loud for her to come down, that his voice shook

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Annually, an Australian eats 15 kg of bananas, which comes out to 27 meters of bananas
    • Come out to result: to be published: to become evident: to enter society
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  • Maria Weston Chapman
    Maria Weston Chapman
    “We may draw good out of evil; we must not do evil, that good may come.”
  • Anne Baxter
    Anne Baxter
    “I wasn't afraid to fail. Something good always comes out of failure.”
  • John Ruskin
    “Out of suffering comes the serious mind; out of salvation, the grateful heart; out of endurance, fortitude; out of deliverance faith.”
  • Henry Van Dyke
    “Gratitude is a twofold love -- love coming to visit us, and love running out to greet a welcome guest.”
  • Elizabeth Bowen
    “When you love someone all your saved-up wishes start coming out.”
  • Kin Hubbard
    “I do not look for much to come out of government ownership as long as we have Democrats and Republicans.”


Come out in the wash - If something will come out in the wash, it won't have any permanent negative effect.
Come out of the woodwork - When things come out of the woodwork, they appear unexpectedly. ('Crawl out of the woodwork' is also used.)
Come out of your shell - If someone comes out of their shell, they stop being shy and withdrawn and become more friendly and sociable.
Not know enough to come in out of the rain - Someone who doesn't know enough to come in out of the rain is particularly stupid.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. cuman; Ger. kommen, to come.


In literature:

Mary was on her knees, blacking the stove and scolding violently about the young man who was coming out from town that night.
"A Collection of Stories, Reviews and Essays" by Willa Cather
They think her coming out would make them look older.
"Hopes and Fears scenes from the life of a spinster" by Charlotte M. Yonge
And if we do, who will come out and act with us?
"The Lost Art of Reading" by Gerald Stanley Lee
It'll come out all right.
"The Jucklins" by Opie Read
Upstairs he met Mabel just coming out of the nursery and would have passed her without speaking, but that she put out a hand to stop him.
"To Love" by Margaret Peterson
It's come out as dad said.
"Odd Numbers" by Sewell Ford
An' if you was to announce an Evening Benefit for it, here in your home, the whole town'd come out to it hot-foot.
"Friendship Village" by Zona Gale
Sam is going to come out of this all right.
"Crooked Trails and Straight" by William MacLeod Raine
The sun has come out and it's only ten o'clock.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
He could have come out any time and put the bracelets on him and he'd have his man.
"The Boy Ranchers on Roaring River" by Willard F. Baker

In poetry:

Darkness descends
on Alpujara's golden land.
My guitar invites you,
come out my dear!
"Don Juan's Serenade" by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy
Cover the embers,
Aand put out the light;
Toil comes with morning,
And rest with the night.
"Curfew" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
But I cannot help a doubt
Whether this way be the true:
The more I do to work it out
The more there comes to do;
"Willie's Question" by George MacDonald
"Visit oft the place; above me
Root out weeds and grass;
Fast no more; obeying, love me;
Watch what comes to pass."
"Mon-Daw-Min" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
"You had not ridden scant a myle,
A myle out of the towne,
But in did come the Kyng of Spayne
With kempes many a one:
"King Estmere" by Anonymous British
As gold refin'd may I come out,
In sorrow's furnace try'd;
Preserved from faithfulness and doubt,
And fully putify'd.
"In Sickness" by Augustus Montague Toplady

In news:

Bj wanted to talk about the Breast feeding dolls this morning Jamie thinks it is a hoax and it will come out that they are fake.
In Washington, says one dominatrix, "the kinksters come out in droves.".
In Washington, says one dominatrix , "the kinksters come out in droves.".
A woman reconnects with an old flame who became a successful doctor, and secrets come out.
The fabric softener brand has enlisted Torontonians to come out for a chance to be part of the event, which will be held Sept 3 at the Canadian National Exhibition.
Soon the dragonfly nymphs will be coming out of the water and transforming in to adults in great numbers as the weather gets warmer.
Insulated vinyl comes out on top.
This wasn't the kind of primary season where you could tell in advance who was going to come out lead pony.
Yep, just when you thought the Call Me Maybe parodies were coming to a close, yet another one comes out and this time it involves one of our favorite TV shows.
Dethklok are back and they're coming to kill you … but they'll probably wait until after their third full length album, 'Dethalbum III,' comes out.
Gay Marriage Con Vice President Joe Biden "outed" President Barack Obama by coming out for gay marriage first ("My Marriage and My President," May 17).
The biggest thing to come out of Canada since curling hit the Target Center Saturday, Oct 20, and gave a sold-out crowd of 16,000 something to scream about.
"Sometimes the words don't come out of your mouth the right way," Rep Paul Ryan pointed out to Vice President Joe Biden during their recent debate.
Right out of the gate, riffs come out like swords slicing the airwaves.
The sounds coming out of South Carolina were almost as bad as the sounds coming out of Steven Tyler.

In science:

The expression for Qbc and Tc are the same, whereas the traceless part of the torsion 2-forms comes out to be zero.
On the solutions of the Cartan equation in Metric Affine Gravity
With this result the proof of Cauchy’s theorem in B comes out in few lines.
Bicomplex algebra and function theory
For general diagrams the symmetry factors, related to the presence of tadpoles and multiple connection between nodes, also come out correctly.
Statistical ensemble of scale-free random graphs
The system can get trapped in a region of the configuration phase and not come out of it at all.
An Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation of Statistical physics Problem
Indeed, t′ comes out when a statistical interpretation is employed.
Quantum Zeno-like effect due to competing decoherence mechanisms