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
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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]
See also: cross, path
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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
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All this has been since then confirmed on those occasions, and they have been many, on which he has crossed our path, at one time to beg the shepherds to give him some of the food they carry, at another to take it from them by force; for when there is a fit of madness upon him, even though the shepherds offer it freely, he will not accept it but snatches it from them by dint of blows; but when he is in his senses he begs it for the love of God, courteously and civilly, and receives it with many thanks and not a few tears.
And, as if a light had suddenly broken in upon his mind, Barbicane answered, "Then cursed be the meteor which crossed our path."
A big jackrabbit crossed our path, leaping swiftly and silently like a deer.
THE rainy night had ushered in a misty morning - half frost, half drizzle - and temporary brooks crossed our path - gurgling from the uplands.
AS we crossed our path towards the 500 years of Christianity in our country, we are also crossing our path to our Lord Jesus Christ through giving, as it is the best way to express our gratitude for the good life that we have experienced.
'We overcome every challenge that crossed our path and I enjoin everyone to cooperate with the new GOC,' he said.
young grasshopper crossed our path, Gabriel tried to touch it but his
According to Auto Mundial producer, Guy Hicks, 'Making our choice on that basis put it up against very stiff opposition because we haven't confined it to a small group of newcomers but made a choice based on anything that's crossed our path during the last 52 weeks.'
A solitary car crossed our path. The lights turned green; the driver moved off, to locate my remote destination as easily as a London cabbie might find Buckingham Palace.