on the scene


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on the scene

At a destination, usually as something is happening there. When did the police arrive on the scene? By the time I arrived on the scene, Kate and Jen were already arguing.
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on the scene

Fig. available or present where something is happening or where something has happened. The ambulance was on the scene almost immediately. I wasn't on the scene when it happened.
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on the scene

COMMON
1. If someone is on the scene, they are at a place where something is happening. By a piece of luck it was one of my own officers who was first on the scene. The lifeboat is due on the scene about now.
2. If someone is on the scene, they are involved in a situation. Before Alice had arrived on the scene we would go out regularly for the day or the weekend. Aunt Christina appeared on the scene then and looked after Ian and me.
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