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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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This 'twelve-bar' graphic novel is a masterpiece narrative set in the 1920s in the south and focusing on the blues music world through the eyes of two traveling bluesmen who chance upon a blues joint with a possible record contract--until romance and murder interfere.
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Walking in the castle's rose garden, I chance upon a fair maiden who turns out to be Aleksandra Glinska, a Warwick Castle ticket saleswoman.
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.
On their homeward voyage the mariners chance upon the island Venus has created for them, and the nymphs reward them for their labors.