chance upon (someone or something)

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chance upon (someone or something)

To happen to find or encounter 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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Whenever I tell people that I read books from a tablet, I almost always chance upon someone who is a serious reader -- the one who enjoys the process of holding a book, smelling the paper and turning the pages.
"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.