happen on


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happen on

or

happen upon

vb
(intr, preposition) to find by chance: I happened upon a five-pound note lying in the street.
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happen

verb
2. To take place by chance:
phrasal verb
happen on or upon
To find or meet by chance:
bump into, chance on (or upon), come across, come on (or upon), find, light on (or upon), run across, run into, stumble on (or upon), tumble on.
Archaic: alight on (or upon).
Idiom: meet up with.
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Translations
يَجِد بالصُّدْفَه

w>happen (up)on

vi +prep objzufällig stoßen auf (+acc); personzufällig treffen or sehen
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happen

(ˈhӕpən) verb
1. to take place or occur; to occur by chance. What happened next?; It just so happens / As it happens, I have the key in my pocket.
2. (usually with to) to be done to (a person, thing etc). She's late – something must have happened to her.
3. to do or be by chance. I happened to find him; He happens to be my friend.
ˈhappening noun
an occurrence. strange happenings.
happen (up)on
to find by chance. He happened upon the perfect solution to the problem just as he was about to give up his research.
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