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come by sth

verb uk phrasal verb with come   /kʌm/ (came, come) us  
C2 to get something, using effort, by chance or in a way that has not been explained: Cheap organic food is still difficult to come by. I'd like to know how she came by that black eye.Getting, receiving and acceptingCapturing or taking possession of things
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