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 ?
The only human being that crossed their path was a Kansas warrior, returning from some solitary expedition of bravado or revenge, bearing a Pawnee scalp as a trophy.
Notwithstanding the occasional exhortation and chiding of his companion, the noise of the horsemen's feet continuing to approach, Wamba could not be prevented from lingering occasionally on the road, upon every pretence which occurred; now catching from the hazel a cluster of half-ripe nuts, and now turning his head to leer after a cottage maiden who crossed their path.
Apart from a blip against Serbia, Joachim Low's team have steamrollered almost every team that has crossed their path, including England and Argentina.
We drove a short distance to his house and walked into his yard where monkeys jumped in the trees and his two pitbulls imported from the States ruled the grasslands, taking out anything that crossed their path.
And they are the prime suspects for the torture and murder of three Irishmen who crossed their path in Holland.
Maria Elena Gazarez De Garcia, 31, and a 5-year-old daughter who had been at her side in the intersection of Topanga Canyon and Roscoe boulevards were injured when the 18-wheel Freightliner crossed their path about 3:20 p.
MURDOCH: I was in Alice Springs, I don't know whether I crossed their paths or not but you think of these things.