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chance on (someone or something)

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 on the rest of the group, that's all! Were you snooping in my room? How else would you just chance on my love letter?
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chance (up)on someone or something

to find someone or something by accident; to happen on someone or something. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) I chanced upon a nice little restaurant on my walk today. I chanced on an old friend of yours in town today.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

chance on

Also, chance upon. Happen upon, find or meet accidentally, as in In Paris we chanced on a wonderful little restaurant, or Andrew chanced upon his karate teacher in the health-food store. [Mid-1500s]
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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.

chance on

or upon
To find or meet someone or something accidentally; happen upon someone or something: While in Atlanta we chanced on two old friends. I chanced upon my neighbor while I was shopping at the mall.
See also: chance, on
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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