happen to(redirected from happened to do something)
1. To be experienced by or befall someone or something. I hope something bad didn't happen to Marie—she's never this late for a meeting. A: "What on earth happened to my book?" B: "Oh, my Great Dane sat on it and bent the cover—sorry."
2. To do something unintentionally; to experience something by chance. I just happened to see your mother today—what a lovely woman! If you happen to see my copy of "The Catcher in the Rye," could you put it aside for me?
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happen to someone or something
to befall someone or something; to occur to someone or something. What is going to happen to me? Something awful happened to your car.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.