chance upon

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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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Waking Ned" introduces Saudis to two best friends, Jackie O'Shea, played by Ian Bannen, and Michael O'Sullivan, played by David Kelly, as they chance upon someone in their village who has won the lottery and they want in on the cash.
Even when you're young and unencumbered with emotional baggage, you're never going to chance upon someone who satisfies you in every way.