happen upon

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Related to happen upon: swayed
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Verb1.happen upon - find unexpectedlyhappen upon - find unexpectedly; "the archeologists chanced upon an old tomb"; "she struck a goldmine"; "The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake"
regain, find - come upon after searching; find the location of something that was missed or lost; "Did you find your glasses?"; "I cannot find my gloves!"
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Sometimes, when in the newspapers I happen upon descriptions of our modern bruisers and prizefighters, I wonder what chance the best of them would have had against him.
I think I must be one of those who are born to be in luck, for one does not often meet with people whom one feels he can love from the first sight of their faces; and yet, no sooner do I step out of the railway carriage than I happen upon you!
This touched my heart a little, and brought tears out of my eyes, and I began to bless myself that such a prodigy of nature should happen upon my account; and this was the more strange to me, because I saw near it still, all along by the side of the rock, some other straggling stalks, which proved to be stalks of rice, and which I knew, because I had seen it grow in Africa when I was ashore there.
If you happen upon this footage and decide to watch, the very least you can do is keep whatever you see to yourself.
As an organisation we are proud to offer the opportunity for such a diverse range of bands and musicians to play to a broad range of listeners - those who make plans to attend and those that happen upon the music as they enjoy some of our beautiful parks and open spaces.
of whichever time-lost galaxy, when they happen upon us and we
Ronnie (Bradley Walsh) and Joe (Ben Bailey Smith, both above) happen upon a body in the boot of a car in the Thames while helping the drug squad on a bust.
slippers shiver under my nightdress as I happen upon a reason for waking
We're glad you're giving Brussels sprouts a second chance, and if you happen upon a great recipe, send it in!--Editors