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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?
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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]
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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.
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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.
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Cross Path features prominent tenants such as Waldbaums grocery store, N&S Wines, a nail salon, pet groomer, T-Mobile, and the Blue Bay Diner.
Staff members from all three programs greet each other cheerily whenever they cross paths, request matching days off, and keep in touch over the off-season.
The two populations never cross paths when entering the manor.
After several weeks on the trail, Ritter and Harte cross paths with a corrupt trafficker taking five innocent Chinese girls to a mining camp, where they will be forced to serve as prostitutes.
Meanwhile, Nate tries to cheer up Tori, but she is amazed when they cross paths with Danika.
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Along the way they cross paths with an attractive young creationist who joins them on their comic odyssey to reunite Paul with his own kind.
Their latest glam outing took them to Newz Bar, where they just happened to cross paths with the Aston Villa team.
PM doesn't wish to make Jay Z jealous when we cross paths at Oxegen this weekend, but his missus Beyonce and I have a bit of history.
Wave iv of the diagonal would most likely cross paths with wave i, which is at 1.
Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho cross paths for the second time in a fortnight as Manchester United and Inter Milan meet in the return leg of their last-16 tie at Old Trafford.
He's just down to earth always nice to me whenever we cross paths.