come off (2)

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

Meaning: to result in the intended outcome

Synonym: succeed

For example:

  • come off Sarah's scheme to get rich quick by marrying a rich man didn't come off. After marrying a guy from Saudi Arabia, she found out he was actually very poor.

  • come off Barry's plan to make millions by writing a popular novel didn't come off because he wasn't a very good writer.

Note: Most often used in negative contexts, such as "The plan didn't come off."

Quick Quiz:

If Kerry's plan to become a top model comes off, she will

a. have to get a normal job instead

b. make millions of dollars

c. be very disappointed

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