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come across

verb uk phrasal verb with come   /kʌm/ (came, come) us  

(BEHAVE)

C1 to behave in a way that makes people believe that you have a particular characteristic: She comes across really well (= creates a positive image) on television. He comes across as a bit of a bore in interview.

(EXPRESS)

C2 If an idea or emotion comes across in writing, film, music, or when someone is speaking, it is expressed clearly and people notice it: What comes across in his later poetry is a great sense of sadness.
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