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come up

phrasal verb with come  us   /kʌm/ verb (past tense came  /keɪm/ , past participle come)
  • (BE MENTIONED)

to be mentioned or talked about in conversation: What points came up at the meeting?

come up

phrasal verb with come  us   /kʌm/ verb (past tense came  /keɪm/ , past participle come)
  • (HAPPEN)

to happen, usually unexpectedly: I’ve got to go – something’s just come up at home and I’m needed there.
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"come up" in British English

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come up

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

B2 to be mentioned or talked about in conversation: What points came up at the meeting?

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  • (HAPPEN)

C1 to happen, usually unexpectedly: I've got to go - something has just come up at home and I'm needed there.
be coming up
B2 to be happening soon: My exams are coming up soon.
(Definition of come up from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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