chance upon

verb
find unexpectedly
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the archeologists chanced upon an old tomb

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she struck a goldmine

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The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake

Syn:
Derivationally related forms: ↑discovery (for: ↑discover)
Hypernyms: ↑find, ↑regain
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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ˈchance on ˈchance upon [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they chance on he/she/it chances on present participle chancing on past tense chanced on past participle chanced on] mainly literary phrasal verb
to find or see someone or something when you did not expect to

I was browsing in a bookshop when I chanced upon an old friend.

Thesaurus: to find something or someonesynonym
Main entry: chance

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chance upon (also chance on) [phrasal verb]
chance upon/on (someone or something) formal : to find (something) or meet (someone) by chance

She chanced upon an original copy of the book in her grandfather's attic.

We chanced upon a good restaurant.

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Main Entry:chance

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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