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found (up)on

To create or establish something on a particular foundation, idea, or principle. This sort of despicable behavior is certainly not what I founded the company on.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

found something (up)on something

to establish something on some kind of basis or justification. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) The owners founded this company upon prompt service. We founded our business on practically no money.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

found on

or found upon
To establish the basis of something with some other thing; base something on something else: The original inhabitants founded their community on the basis of shared labor. The laws are founded upon deep principles of justice.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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References in classic literature ?
Twelve years had passed since his body had been found upon the bluff before his cottage overlooking the Hudson, and oft-times during these long years I had wondered if John Carter were really dead, or if he again roamed the dead sea bottoms of that dying planet; if he had returned to Barsoom to find that he had opened the frowning portals of the mighty atmosphere plant in time to save the countless millions who were dying of asphyxiation on that far-gone day that had seen him hurtled ruthlessly through forty-eight million miles of space back to Earth once more.
Judging from his special train," the reporter concluded with a smile, "and the money which was found upon him, I imagine that he was certainly not the latter."
"By the bye," he continued, "you said something, I believe, about his having had more money with him than was found upon his person."
He stood charged with robbery; the note had been found upon him, though he was innocent in thought and deed; and they were carrying him back, a prisoner.
Such a scene as there was, when Kit came in, and bursting into the rude eloquence with which Truth at length inspired him, called Heaven to witness that he was innocent, and that how the property came to be found upon him he knew not!
A purse and gold watch were found upon the victim: but no cards or papers, except a sealed and stamped envelope, which he had been probably carrying to the post, and which bore the name and address of Mr.
Egypt's Antiquities Minister said that a joint mission from the ministry and Minya University's Archaeological Studies Research Center found upon a collection of Ptolemaic burial chambers engraved in rock and filled with a large number of mummies of different sizes and genders.
The bureau also found upon checking derogatory records that Jin is wanted by Korean authorities for fraud.
Due to its rich history thousands of old artifacts have been found upon the island, including artifacts from far off places such as gold rings from the Korean Peninsula.
On that date she is accused of being found upon a warehouse for an unlawful purpose and threatening a police officer that she would throw items from the roof at him.
We expected to find an obstructive stricture or cricopharyngeus muscle as the cause, but none was found upon barium swallow or endoscopic examination.
Bangladesh declared its shipment containing unbranded T-shirts, cargo short pants, leggings and plastic slippers, but almost 5,000 pieces of fake apparel labeled with brands such as Nike, Adidas, US Polo, Lee and H&M were found upon the conduct of BOC's physical examination.
King of the Road is known for spontaneity and surprises around every corner, but nothing really prepared us for what we found upon exiting the Sacramento skatepark.
An Australian navy ship hurried to the scene and found upon arrival the partially submerged boat and passengers struggling in the water.