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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.
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stumble into someone or something

1. to trip and lurch into someone or something. Not seeing the brick in the path, Carl tripped and stumbled into Alice. Jamie stumbled into the wall.
2. Go to stumble across someone or something.
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stumble on someone or something

1. Go to stumble across someone or something.
2. to trip over someone or something. There were three of us sleeping in the small tent. Each of us would stumble on the others whenever we went out or came in. I stumbled on the curb and twisted my ankle.
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stumble over someone or something

to trip over someone or something. Tom stumbled over Bill, who was napping on the floor. Don't stumble over the laundry basket.
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stumble through something

to get through a sequence of something awkwardly and falteringly. The cast stumbled through the first act and barely finished the second. Mary stumbled through her speech and fled from the stage.
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stumbling block

Fig. something that prevents or obstructs progress. We'd like to buy that house, but the high price is a stumbling block. Jim's age is a stumbling block to getting another job. He's over sixty.
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stumble across somebody/something

also stumble on somebody/something
to meet someone or find something unexpectedly Lee has stumbled across a plot to sell high-tech US weapons to international terrorists. Border Patrol agents stumbled on the drugs when they were on a routine patrol.
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a stumbling block

a problem which prevents someone from achieving something (often + to ) Lack of willingness to compromise is the main stumbling block to reaching a settlement. Money, obviously, is a major stumbling block in any project of this size.
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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]
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stumbling block

A hindrance or obstacle, as in His lack of a degree is a real stumbling block to his advancement. This term originally meant "a tree stump over which one trips." Its figurative use dates from the early 1500s.
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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.
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stumble on

or stumble upon
1. To trip and almost fall on account of hitting the foot or stepping on something: He stumbled on the curb and fell. She stumbled upon a tree root.
2. To come upon something accidentally or unexpectedly: I happened to stumble on my jacket when I wasn't even looking for it. The detective stumbled upon the truth while thinking about something else.
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1. and stum [st?m] and stumble-bumbles (ˈstəmblæˈbəmblæz) n. barbiturates; sedatives; tranquilizers; alcohol. (Drugs.) Kelly was shocked to find a handful of stumble-bumbles in his brother’s jeans.
2. n. the inability to stand up and walk straight. I guess I have the stumbles today. Not enough sleep, I guess.
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References in classic literature ?
Dazed though I was, I stumbled to my feet and staggered back to Woola's assistance, to find his savage antagonist circling ten feet above the ground, beating madly at the clinging calot with all six powerful legs.
On and on we stumbled beneath that hateful noonday sun.
Had she stumbled upon the secret of its uncanny domination over her will?
If I had stumbled upon the grave of one of the party, was it not within reason to believe that the bones of the others lay scattered somewhere near?
30am yesterday at Kirkheaton, near Belsay, when a man was injured after his horse stumbled following a jump and landed on him.
28, but he also stumbled, this time after the last, which allowed Tony McCoy to claim the spoils on Waxies Dargle, who had been backed at a high of 90 overnight, but went off only 11-1.
A survey of more than 750 blind or visually impaired people found that almost two out of three had tripped or stumbled while walking.
Another, Mikey, added: "I had respect for the judges in week one when Pamela stumbled.
USA MITT ROMNEY has stumbled again in his presidential campaign, being caught on video saying that nearly half of Americans are dependent on government and that his role "is not to worry about those people".
IF you have stumbled along the course of life's journey, there is hope.
The honest contractors, who had been installing an air conditioning unit in the city centre's Beetham Tower, stumbled across the banknotes while they were working on the top floor of the building.
He went up step by step, but suddenly stumbled and dropped the bulb
Growing in the 1820's and 30's, waning in the 40's, and regaining strength in the 50's when slavery polarized the nation, the American Colonization Society movement stumbled in its initial goal of colonizing free blacks and its efforts to encourage voluntary and gradual emancipation.
Explorers in Central California's Sequoia National Park have stumbled upon a crystal-filled cave that lay hidden from view for more than one million years.
That changed when a surprised team of archaeologists from the University of Memphis (Tennessee) stumbled upon an intact (untouched) tomb just 16 feet away from Tut's.