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happen (up)on (someone or something)

To find or encounter someone or something randomly or without planning or intent. I happened on a quaint new craft store the other day. I happened upon your brother yesterday in the grocery store.
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happen across (someone or something)

To find, discover, or encounter someone or something casually or by chance. I happened across a fantastic little café the other day. Let me know if you happen across my keys. I haven't been able to find them. It was the third time he had happened across her that week, yet he still didn't know her name.
See also: across, happen

happen before (one's) time

To occur prior to one's tenure or before one was born. A: "I never knew that this law was the result of such a tragic incident." B: "Well, it happened before your time, so that's not too surprising." I don't know why that project fell apart—it happened before my time.
See also: before, happen, time

happen in a heartbeat

To occur very suddenly and perhaps unexpectedly. You've got to stay alert when you're driving. Accidents can happen in a heartbeat if you aren't paying attention. Cherish the moments with those you love and be thankful for everything you have, because tragedy can happen in a heartbeat.
See also: happen, heartbeat

happen in a split second

To occur in an instant; to occur in less than a full second of time. The accident that took my leg happened in a split second, but I've been coming to terms with the effects of it for years.
See also: happen, second, split

happening

1. noun Something that happens; an occurrence or event. Oh, you missed quite a few noteworthy happenings while you were out town.
2. adjective, slang Cool or trendy. We need to go there for my birthday—it's the most happening place in the city right now.

What in (the) Sam Hill?

An exclamation used to express surprise, shock, anger, disgust, etc. ("Sam Hill" is a minced oath for "hell," used for emphasis.) What in the Sam Hill do you think you're doing? You can't come in here! Just what in Sam Hill is going on here? You spent all that money at a casino? What the Sam Hill were you thinking, Jake?
See also: SAM, what

what in God's name

Used to ask a question about the nature of something or some activity while emphasizing one's shock, anger, disgust, incredulity, etc. What in God's name is going on in here? I leave the room for two minutes, and you two start screaming like wild animals! A: "Dr. Murakami, come have a look at this strange egg we discovered." B: "What in God's name? I've never seen anything like this before in my life!" Ew, what in God's name is that horrible smell?
See also: name, what

what in heaven's name

Used to ask a question about the nature of something or some activity while emphasizing one's shock, anger, disgust, incredulity, etc. What in heaven's name is going on in here? I leave the room for two minutes, and you two start screaming like wild animals! A: "Dr. Murakami, come have a look at this strange egg we discovered." B: "What in heaven's name? I've never seen anything like this before in my life!" Ew, what in heaven's name is that horrible smell?
See also: name, what

what in tarnation

An exclamation used to emphasize surprise, shock, anger, disgust, etc. Just what in tarnation is going on here? Aw, what in tarnation! I just had this fixed, and now there's a dent in it! What in tarnation! Don't sneak up on me like that!
See also: tarnation, what

what in the devil

Used to ask a question about the nature of something or some activity while emphasizing one's surprise, frustration, irritation, etc. What in the devil is going on in here? I leave the room for two minutes, and you two start screaming like wild animals! A: "Dr. Murakami, come have a look at this strange egg we discovered." B: "What in the devil? I've never seen anything like this before in my life!" Ew, what in the devil is that horrible smell?
See also: devil, what

what on earth

An exclamation used to emphasize surprise, shock, anger, disgust, etc. Just what on earth is going on here? Aw, what on earth! I just had this fixed, and now there's a dent in it! What on earth is wrong with you? Don't sneak up on me like that!
See also: earth, on, what

What's happening?

What's going on? How are you doing? What's new with you? "Happening" is often colloquially shortened to "happenin'" or "happ'nin'." A: "Hey, Jake, what's happ'nin'?" B: "Not much, Mike. How you been?" What's happening, everyone? You all have a good weekend?
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What's happening?

 and What's happ?
Sl. Hello, what's new? Hey, dude! What's happening? What's happ? How's it goin'?
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

happening

1. mod. fashionable; trendy; positive. (Collegiate.) Wow, that’s happening!
2. n. an event. The concert was a real happening.

What’s happ(ening)?

interrog. Hello, what’s new? Hey, dude! What’s happening?
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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