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English definition of “come across”

come across

(EXPRESS) phrasal verb with come     /kʌm/ verb (came, come)
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 .Easy to understand
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