Come what may

Come what may is an idiom that has been in use for hundreds of years. We will examine the meaning of the idiom come what may, where it came from, and some examples of its idiomatic usage in sentences.

Come what may means whatever will happen, will happen; to carry on regardless of what may occur. The expression is used when one is resigned to pursuing a certain path no matter what obstacles may come up; it is also used to mean that one will stand firm or may be relied upon no matter what hurdles may occur. A version of the expression come what may was in use in France in the 1300s: “Avalze que valze.” The English version appears in the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, in 1605: “Come what come may, time and the hour run through the roughest day.”

Examples

Come what may, we are all a year older than last year; 10 years older than 2010. (The Desert Sun)

Is it a fact that if Trump loses, he will reject defeat, come what may? (The Atlantic)

“We want this event to help the community to come together and then to build on what takes place so that, come what may, we continue to stand and work together.” (The Weirton Daily Times)