come upon (someone or something)

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come upon (someone or something)

1. To discover or encounter someone or something unexpectedly or by chance. We came upon a charming little restaurant as we cycled through the countryside. The two boys came upon a man claiming to have magical beans for sale.
2. To befall or affect someone or something, especially very suddenly. The deadly fever came upon the poor child so quickly that the doctor had no chance to treat her. A terrible fear came upon me as I entered the dark building.
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come upon

v.
To discover or meet someone or something by accident: While walking down the road, I came upon a strange old house.
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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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