cross (one's) path

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cross (one's) path

To come into contact with someone or something, often surprisingly or unexpectedly. You won't believe who crossed my path today—Milly, who I haven't seen in years! Is it really bad luck if a black cat crosses your path?
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cross someone's path

Encounter or meet someone, especially unexpectedly. For example, John didn't know her name, so he was hoping she would cross his path again soon, or She swore she would scream if a snake crossed her path. This phrase originally implied that such an encounter meant obstructing or thwarting a person, but in current usage this is not necessarily true. [Early 1600s]
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cross someone's path

COMMON If someone crosses your path, you meet them by chance. The book is full of criticisms of the celebrities who crossed her path. Note: You can also say that two people cross paths or that two people's paths cross. Vicki and Lisa first crossed paths when they attended the Australian Ballet School in 1983. He hoped that sometime their paths would cross again.
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cross somebody’s ˈpath

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our/their paths ˈcross

(we/they) meet by chance: He never crossed my path, thank goodness. He was the last person I wanted to meet.Our paths crossed several times during the war but after that I never saw him again.
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References in classic literature ?
And while he did this he kept looking about and watching what came into his view: at one moment he picked a wild berry and ate it or offered it to Levin, then he flung away a twig with the blade of the scythe, then he looked at a quail's nest, from which the bird flew just under the scythe, or caught a snake that crossed his path, and lifting it on the scythe as though on a fork showed it to Levin and threw it away.
Author Lou Berney grew up in Oklahoma City, and at age thirteen, darkness crossed his path.
THE pilot of this tiny plane got a bit of a shock when this jumbo jet crossed his path.
Wagner - yes, Louis, that's Vaa-gner - is the contestant who has distinguished himself most in the history of X Factor finals for his ability to destroy every single tune that crossed his path, and to dress in a manner that belongs nowhere outside a tacky Vegas showbar.
Is it a coincidence that 11 Black Cats crossed his path on Sunday?
David Key, 18, had a habit of flashing the V sign at anyone who crossed his path.
Hopkins was highly intelligent, decidedly eccentric, and almost compulsively inquisitive about everything that crossed his path.
At the same time, Floyd, a Vietnam veteran himself, must contend with some specters of his own as he dodges the bullets and wrath of someone who crossed his path during one of his criminal-chasing exploits.
You knew Leonid Lavrovsky's Tybalt was rotten to the core when he proved rotten to the corps, kicking every peasant who crossed his path.
Very often there is an autobiographical moment: All the themes, artists, and movements he deals with crossed his path at a decisive moment and influenced him.
After a while, a rabbit crossed his path and the hound chased the rabbit.
CAMARILLO - Art Fiedler was taking photos of an enemy plane he shot down over Romania when another enemy crossed his path.
When Liszt and Wagner crossed his path, my sympathies were towards Liszt and Wagner, who eclipsed Saint-Saens merely by crossing his path.
He said no storms crossed his path and he finished his voyage safely.
He adopted the bizarre tactic when a grizzly crossed his path during a charity cycle ride in America.