cross (one's) path

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cross (one's) path

To come into contact with someone or something, often surprisingly or unexpectedly. You won't believe who crossed my path today—Milly, who I haven't seen in years! Is it really bad luck if a black cat crosses your path?
See also: cross, path

cross someone's path

Encounter or meet someone, especially unexpectedly. For example, John didn't know her name, so he was hoping she would cross his path again soon, or She swore she would scream if a snake crossed her path. This phrase originally implied that such an encounter meant obstructing or thwarting a person, but in current usage this is not necessarily true. [Early 1600s]
See also: cross, path

cross someone's path

COMMON If someone crosses your path, you meet them by chance. The book is full of criticisms of the celebrities who crossed her path. Note: You can also say that two people cross paths or that two people's paths cross. Vicki and Lisa first crossed paths when they attended the Australian Ballet School in 1983. He hoped that sometime their paths would cross again.
See also: cross, path

cross somebody’s ˈpath

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our/their paths ˈcross

(we/they) meet by chance: He never crossed my path, thank goodness. He was the last person I wanted to meet.Our paths crossed several times during the war but after that I never saw him again.
See also: cross, path
References in classic literature ?
She paid no attention to Philip, and so when he went out he chose a moment when she had to cross his path: as he passed he looked at her as though he had never seen her before.
A Taiwanese man has miraculously survived a suicidal leap off a three-story building yesterday (May 15) in Keelung after he landed on a taxi which happened to cross his path as he hurtled to the ground, reported Apple Daily.
He was under the influence of liquor when he threatened to harm anyone who would cross his path.
Appears our Paul, who's not impartial to a good nosh-up at the local Michelin eatery, is still obsessed with the pursuance of hapless drivers who are unfortunate enough to cross his path purring along on their four Michelins!
Sir Bobby was a truly passionate man from a passionate place, now gone but never to be forgotten by all those who were fortunate enough to cross his path. May he rest in peace.
Soon, Tom is no longer fighting only Kavanagh and the agents that cross his path, but he is also battling to regain control of himself.
I think that this is a great pity,as I am sure there are many local people who would like to pay their last respects to someone who has enriched so many lives in so many ways,and were fortunate to cross his path.
Gamekeepers on the 10,000acre Thrumster Estate near Wick, Caithness, say the four-monthold bird has even fended off the estate's guard dogs if they cross his path.