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 ?
You are a laughable incident or a terrifying one as you happen to be less powerful or more powerful than some other form of life which crosses your path; but as a rule you are of no moment whatsoever to anything but yourself.
8.In England it is said to be lucky if what colour cat crosses your path? 9.Ozzy Osbourne, lead singer and frontman of the band Black Sabbath, was born in which British city?
| If a black cat crosses your path you will have bad luck, or so thinks most of Europe, if not the UK.
From the tone of your letter, it could be years before someone crosses your path!
The superstitious even believe that if one crosses your path you're in for a spell of bad luck.
Wendy is young, goodlooking, has a great social life and a boyfriend who loves her and realises there's more to life than hopping into bed with every man who crosses your path. - P Sheedy, Westmeath
Often you can feel like murdering anyone who crosses your path.
If a black cat crosses your path you might expect good luck.
The left hind foot of a rabbit is considered a lucky charm but it's not good if a rabbit crosses your path.
After a wooden bridge, go up a rise with the hedge again on your right and, at the next stile and sign post, The Castle Way crosses your path (the finger to the castle is missing).
Sometimes, when water crosses your path, you need to cross the water.