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happen (up)on (someone or something)
To find or encounter someone or something randomly or without planning or intent. I happened on a quaint new craft store the other day. I happened upon your brother yesterday in the grocery store.
See also: happen
happen across (someone or something)
To find, discover, or encounter someone or something casually or by chance. I happened across a fantastic little café the other day. Let me know if you happen across my keys. I haven't been able to find them. It was the third time he had happened across her that week, yet he still didn't know her name.
1. noun Something that happens; an occurrence or event. Oh, you missed quite a few noteworthy happenings while you were out town.
2. adjective, slang Cool or trendy. We need to go there for my birthday—it's the most happening place in the city right now.
What's going on? How are you doing? What's new with you? "Happening" is often colloquially shortened to "happenin'" or "happ'nin'." A: "Hey, Jake, what's happ'nin'?" B: "Not much, Mike. How you been?" What's happening, everyone? You all have a good weekend?
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What's happening?and What's happ?
Sl. Hello, what's new? Hey, dude! What's happening? What's happ? How's it goin'?
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1. mod. fashionable; trendy; positive. (Collegiate.) Wow, that’s happening!
2. n. an event. The concert was a real happening.
interrog. Hello, what’s new? Hey, dude! What’s happening?
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