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come under sth

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

(EXPERIENCE)

C1 If you come under something, you suddenly experience or suffer it: Our armies have come under heavy bombardment. The government are coming under pressure to change the law.

(IN A BOOK)

C1 If a piece of information comes under a particular part of a list, book, or collection of things, you can find it in that part: Swimming pools usually come under "leisure centres" in the phone directory.

(IN AN ORGANIZATION)

to be controlled or dealt with by an official organization or a particular part of it: Playground guidelines come under the Department of Health and Safety.
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