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come in

phrasal verb with come
 
 
/kʌm/ verb ( past tense came, past participle come)
ENTER A2 to enter a room or building: Do you want to come in for a cup of tea?Arriving, entering and invading
FASHION If a fashion or a product comes in, it becomes available or becomes popular: Flared trousers came in during the seventies.Modern and fashionableFashionModern and fashionable
BE RECEIVED If news, information, a report, etc comes in, it is received: News is just coming in about the explosion.Communicating by telephone
come in first/second, etc to finish a race or a competition in first/second, etc positionCausing something to endComing to an end
SEA If the tide (= regular change in the level of the sea) comes in, the sea moves towards the beach or coast.Floods, tides and currents
BE INVOLVED informal used to describe how someone is involved in a situation, story, or plan: We need people to help clean up, and that's where you come in.Taking part and getting involvedGetting involved for one's own benefit or against others' will
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