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by coincidence

Unintentionally happening at the same time or in the same way as something else. By coincidence, my sister and I bought our mom the same sweater for her birthday. I didn't just come to the same place as you by coincidence—your assistant told me where I could find you.
See also: by, coincidence

the long arm of coincidence

The broad, far-reaching power or influence of coincidence. The film relies too heavily on the long arm of coincidence to bring its many characters and convoluted plot points together. We actually grew up in the same town in Kansas, but through the long arm of coincidence, met and fell in love in India nearly 30 years later!
See also: arm, coincidence, long, of

by coincidence

by an accidental and strange similarity; by an unplanned pairing of events or occurrences. We just happened to be in the same place at the same time by coincidence. By coincidence, the circus was in town when I was there. I'm glad because I love circuses.
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by coincidence

Through an accidental simultaneous occurrence, as in By coincidence both researchers discovered the same solution. [Mid-1600s] Also see by chance.
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the long arm of coincidence

the far-reaching power of coincidence.
See also: arm, coincidence, long, of
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where ind(f,f [??] [tau]; c) is the usual local index for coincidence.
"How could you have known that information when it wasn't available or known about until 2012?" Sir answered: "I cannot explain that, other than coincidence."
I was sure this was not a coincidence -- it was a sign from Baheej that his typical good luck is watching out for me and helping me.
In order to develop a classification of coincidence events, Browne first presents a variety of stunning case examples that, due to their improbability, rarity, or connection with meaning, provide reasons for musing about the nature of coincidence.
"Not just a coincidence, it's a great opportunity that Netflix came on board and they decided to make it into a miniseries.
"With all due respect to the Senate President, but I think the killings are continuing and too similar to be dismissed as mere coincidence. There is clearly a pattern.
Perfect for readers who enjoy a cerebral bent to their fiction, The Coincidence Makers is a unique and unforgettable story about what happens when you try to make life go according to your own script.
Therefore any coincidence class S = [p.sub.1] (Coin([beta][~.f],[~.g])) can be indexed by the Reidemeister class [[beta]]; S = [S.sub.[[beta]]].
But he added: "It's no coincidence that this occurred within a week or so of the Brexit referendum.
The coincidence of counter-terrorist and Real victories on the same day was too good for some Iraqi Madrid supporters to resist.
Aim of the present study was to find out the effect of asymmetric molar and canine relationship on coincidence of dental midlines.
Critique: An inherently fascinating and thoroughly informative read from beginning to end, "Connecting with Coincidence: The New Science for Using Synchronicity and Serendipity in Your Life" is as informed and informative as it is thoughtful and thought-provoking.
By sheer coincidence, the person appearing as main shareholder of SporTeam in Cyprus was Stelios Constantinou.
CAN I add another tale of coincidence? My brother-in-law was in the Coldstream Guards and served in Kenya during the troubles there back in the 1950s.
Addressing the issue, he said: "It is not a coincidence. It is about knowing the players, and knowing when to rotate.