happen by


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happen by

To appear, arrive, pass, or come upon casually or by chance. I happened by a quaint new craft store the other day. I happened by your brother yesterday in the grocery store. If another tornado like that happens by any time soon, this town is done for!
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The local indigenous people come here too, to beg on the streets or market pottery, blankets, and other tokens of their culture to the tourists who happen by.
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