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stumble across (something)

To find, discover, or happen upon something casually or by chance. I stumbled across this fantastic little café the other day. Let me know if you stumble across my keys; I haven't been able to find them.
See also: across, stumble

stumble across someone or something

 and stumble (up)on someone or something; stumble into someone or something
to find someone or something, usually by accident. I stumbled across an interesting book yesterday when I was shopping. Guess who I stumbled into at the library yesterday? I got lucky and stumbled on the right answer.
See also: across, stumble

stumble across

Also, stumble on. Find by chance, discover or meet with unexpectedly. For example, When we were hiking up the mountain we stumbled across a few abandoned shepherd's huts , or At the flea market Alfred stumbled on a quite valuable old lithograph. This idiom uses stumble in the sense of "accidentally trip." [Mid-1500s]
See also: across, stumble

stumble across

To come upon someone or something accidentally or unexpectedly: I had given up finding my keys when I stumbled across them lying under the dresser. On my way to work this morning, I stumbled across an old friend I hadn't seen in years.
See also: across, stumble
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On their much-deserved vacations, when they stumble across a wireless access point in the mountains of Spain, Colombia or Virginia, they grab some e-mail.
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The story was set around Turok and his young friend Andar, who during a hunting expedition gone wrong, stumble across a prehistoric valley filled with deadly predators.
The minister, a father of three, told yesterday how admiring female fans stumble across his website - dedicated to the Welsh Congregational Union - by typing in the actor's name.
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No parent should have to worry that a child doing research for school will stumble across content meant specifically for adults," said Richard A.
Nor will they have to worry about what their kids might stumble across on the World Wide Web.