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Happen upon   /hˈæpən əpˈɑn/   Listen
Happen upon

Find unexpectedly.  Synonyms: attain, chance on, chance upon, come across, come upon, discover, fall upon, light upon, strike.  "She struck a goldmine" , "The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake"

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"Happen upon" Quotes from Famous Books

... person may extend this malice against himself, even to his present fortune, and carry it so far as designedly to seek affliction, and encrease his pains and sorrows. This may happen upon two occasions. First, Upon the distress and misfortune of a friend, or person dear to him. Secondly, Upon the feeling any remorses for a crime, of which he has been guilty. It is from the principle of comparison that both these irregular appetites for evil arise. A person, who ...
— A Treatise of Human Nature • David Hume

... I must speak more fully. The "editorial articles, reviews, and notes," we shall happen upon ...
— Illustrated Science for Boys and Girls • Anonymous

... refuse, though I may tell you that many a man has sought for that fruit, and few indeed have found it. But if I guide you to the garden where the fruit grows, there is one condition you must fulfil: many strange things will happen upon our journey between here and there, but concerning all you see you must ask not a question and say not a word. Do you agree ...
— Twilight Land • Howard Pyle

... Pepolo's restaurant, one leading to the ground floor, the other to the brasserie in the basement. I liked to spend an hour or so there occasionally, smoking and watching the crowd. Every sixth visit on an average I would happen upon somebody interesting among the ordinary throng of medical students and third-rate clerks—watery-eyed old fellows who remembered Cremorne, a mahogany derelict who had spent his youth on the sea when ...
— Not George Washington - An Autobiographical Novel • P. G. Wodehouse

... presented to the provosts; and in case they be so many that they cannot well be perused by the provosts themselves, they shall distribute them as they please to be read by the gentlemen of the Academy, who, finding anything in them material, will find matter of discourse; or if they happen upon a business that requires privacy, return it with a note upon it to a provost. And the provosts by the secretaries attending shall cause such notes out of discourses or letters to be taken as they please, to the end that they may propose, ...
— The Commonwealth of Oceana • James Harrington

... somewhat may be done for thine helping, and I will presently speak to my sisters thereon, who are, both of them, wiser than I. Sisters by blood are we not, but by love and fellowship. And I doubt not but that as we go up into the house we shall happen upon them in the garden. But now I look upon thee, how fair a woman ...
— The Water of the Wondrous Isles • William Morris

Words linked to "Happen upon" :   regain, find

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