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chance upon

To find someone or something accidentally or without looking. Please don't be upset, we didn't mean to exclude you! When Chad and I went out, we just chanced upon the rest of the group, that's all! Were you snooping in my room? How else would you just chance upon my love letter?
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chance upon (someone or something)

To happen upon someone or something accidentally or coincidentally. I chanced upon him in the library after work, and we got into a great conversation about Hemingway's works. I chanced upon a $20 bill on my way to school this morning!
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So if you're in the country park, you might spot a passing ferry one minute, and chance upon a maritime scene on a mosaic tile the next.
SIR - What sheer delight it was to chance upon the Aberaeron Festival of Welsh Ponies and Cobs while touring through Mid Wales on Sunday, August 13.
As well as all the usual guff about the sports on offer, there's an excellent guide to Syndey itself and chance upon chance to spend your money on Olympic memorablia.
Madden is in sync with hearty food that fills you up, food you can get without a reservation, food you can slather with Tabasco sauce (kept on a shelf beside the booth), free food you can carry in bags from the nearest Outback Steakhouse that his drivers chance upon.
On their homeward voyage the mariners chance upon the island Venus has created for them, and the nymphs reward them for their labors.
It's all too easy for anyone, at any age, to get tanked up on alcohol, and/or drugs, to simply lash out at the first person who happens to chance upon them.
They are rarely spotted so it was nice to chance upon one.