come across (2)

This page is about the phrasal verb come across (2).

Meaning: If somebody comes across as being a certain type of person, they appear that way to other people.

Synonym: appear, seem, come over

For example:

  • come across When you first meet Chris he comes across as being a bit stupid, but he's actually a very smart guy.

  • come across Most people in this country come across as being shy and reserved, but it's just the way people behave here.

Quick Quiz:

When you're applying for a job, a lot depends on how you come across

a. in the job interview

b. with your qualifications

c. in your previous jobs

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