come on


General English

  • phrasal verb to arrive


  • verb (of a bowler) to begin a new spell of bowling
    Citation ‘Then he came on first change from the Nackington Road end for the 10th over of Kent’s reply and immediately plucked out the off stump of Rob Key’ (Andy Wilson, Guardian 19 July 2006)
  • verb (of the ball) to move quickly off the pitch, without significant variation in pace or bounce, allowing the batsman to time his shots. The ball typically ‘comes on to the bat’ on a hard, bouncy wicket.
    Citation ‘The good pitch has a light covering of grass, it has bounce and movement, it doesn’t turn till the fourth day [and] the ball comes on’ (Mukul Kesavan, Cricinfo Magazine, January 2006, p31)

Media Studies


  • noun
    (written as come-on)
    an action designed to lure someone into an ambush or trap


  • verb to start to menstruate. A euphemism used by women and men.