arrive on the scene

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arrive (up)on the scene

1. To reach a destination, usually as something is happening there. When did the police arrive on the scene? By the time I arrived upon the scene, Kate and Jen were already arguing.
2. slang To come into existence or to be born. Funk music arrived on the scene in the 1960s. We are overjoyed to announced that our baby daughter arrived on the scene at 11:37 last night.
See also: arrive, scene

arrive (up)on the scene (of something)

 and arrive at the scene (of something)
to reach the location of an event in progress. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on and at.) The police arrived on the scene of the crime. They arrived upon the scene of a frightening accident. What did they do when they arrived at the scene?
See also: arrive, on, scene

arrive/come on the ˈscene

arrive in/at a place, probably to change the existing situation: John and I were really happy together until she came on the scene.By the time the police arrived on the scene, it was too late.
See also: arrive, come, on, scene
References in classic literature ?
It did not take long for us to arrive at the scene of the prince's disappearance, or to discover the tomb I had sought so vainly before.
In another minute East and Martin tear through the quadrangle, carrying a sponge, and arrive at the scene of action just as the combatants are beginning to strip.
Witnesses said the 2pm inferno spread on a wide scale since the first fire engine to arrive at the scene did not have enough water.
A 70-YEAR-OLD woman was stuck inside a car as she waited almost three hours for an ambulance to arrive at the scene of a crash.
Members of Diyar Al Muharraq security team were the first to arrive at the scene of the accident and officials contacted the police department.
Deputy Glynn Scalise of the West Baton Rouge County Sheriff's Office was one of the first law enforcement authorities to arrive at the scene.
Security personnel and Ashforth staff have been trained to respond to a cardiac emergency and to use the AED equipment, and administer CPR until emergency medical service professionals arrive at the scene.
The first police officer to arrive at the scene after a man was found hanged in a Shropshire town told an inquest yesterday there was nothing more he could have done.