happen upon


happen upon
happen (up)on (Roget's Thesaurus II) verb 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. See MEET.

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  • happen upon — verb find unexpectedly (Freq. 1) the archeologists chanced upon an old tomb she struck a goldmine The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake • Syn: ↑fall upon, ↑strike, ↑come upon, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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  • happen on — phrasal verb happen on or happen upon [transitive] Word forms happen on : present tense I/you/we/they happen on he/she/it happens on present participle happening on past tense happened on past participle happened on old fashioned happen on… …   English dictionary

  • happen on — or[happen upon] {v.}, {literary} To meet or find accidentally or by chance. * /The Girl Scouts happened on a charming little brook not far from the camp./ * /At the convention I happened upon an old friend I had not seen for years./ Syn.: CHANCE… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • happen on — or[happen upon] {v.}, {literary} To meet or find accidentally or by chance. * /The Girl Scouts happened on a charming little brook not far from the camp./ * /At the convention I happened upon an old friend I had not seen for years./ Syn.: CHANCE… …   Dictionary of American idioms