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1. Randomly; without planning or intent. I found a quaint new craft store by chance the other day. I saw your brother by chance yesterday in the grocery store.
2. Perhaps; possibly. Can I get a cup of coffee by chance?
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
accidentally; randomly; without planning. I found this book by chance at a book sale. We met by chance in a class in college.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Casually, accidentally, as in I ran into Bill purely by chance. [c. 1300] Also see by coincidence.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. Without plan; accidentally: They met by chance on a plane.
2. Possibly; perchance: Is he, by chance, her brother?
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.