When it Comes to Something

Also: When it comes to that

Meaning of Idiom ‘When It Comes to Something’

When it comes to something means as for something, in regards to something, speaking of something, when a situation involves something. 1Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008.

Examples of Use

“When it comes to elections, I usually only vote in the presidential race.”

“What do you think of the abortion debate?” asked Christine. “When it comes to abortion, I believe it’s a woman’s right to choose,” said Ted.

“When it comes to overtime, I’m always wanting more hours at work.”

“He’s good with the basic stuff like oil changes but when it comes to diagnosing engine problems, he’s just not qualified.”

“When it comes to cars, I only care about reliability and safety.”

“What kind of salary do you require,” asked Mr. Michaels. “Well, when it comes to that, I’m flexible,” answered Beth, “but I want to make at least the same amount I am making in my present position.”

“When it comes to cooking, I don’t bother following recipes.”

Origin

Used since the latter half of the 1800s.

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Sources   [ + ]

1. Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008.