converge (up)on (someone or something)

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converge (up)on (someone or something)

1. To gather near something or someone as a destination, point of interest, or target of confrontation. Protestors converged on the senator, demanding his resignation over the scandal. Officials expect thousands of festivalgoers to converge on the rural fairgrounds.
2. To come together and merge at a focal point. In my nightmare, the shadows all converged upon themselves to form some horrific, singular entity.
See also: converge

converge (up)on someone or something

 
1. Lit. to gather near or around someone or something. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) Everyone converged on the wounded sailor. The shoppers converged on the store as it opened for the big sale.
2. Fig. to meet on someone or something; to grow together so as to focus on someone or something. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) Even political enemies converged on the matter of simplifying the tax code. Our discussions converged on Eric.
See also: converge, on

converge on

v.
1. To come together from various places and assemble somewhere for a common purpose: Protesters converged on the park for a peace rally.
2. To attack someone or something from all sides: The police converged on the suspect.
See also: converge, on
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As team-mates converged upon him we could just glimpse the red mask whipped from shorts and pulled over a grinning countenance.
Although the batsman shook his head as fieldsmen converged upon him and umpire Harper remained unmoved, television's snickometer suggested a thin nick.
Although the batsman shook his head as fielders converged upon him, and umpire Harper remained unmoved, television's snickometer suggested a thin nick.
A shrug of the shoulders and a sway of the hips took Luque round one defender on the edge of the penalty area and, as another three converged upon him, his left boot glided the ball past Norwegian keeper Heinz Muller to spare Geordie blushes.