stumble onto (something)

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stumble onto (something)

To discover something casually, accidentally, or by chance. While researching ways of boosting the immune system, the team ended up stumbling onto a remarkable new method of treating cancer. The accountant stumbled onto a huge conspiracy involving politicians from around the world.
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When it's over, we stumble onto streets paved with smithereens of glass.
It is only in the paper archives that we get the chance to stumble onto an article that catches our attention because we see its title as we are searching for something else.
She managed to stumble onto the streets with a broken nose, second degree burns to her chin, two black eyes and covered in blood.
But I'll keep your target idea in mind if I ever stumble onto any.
JACK and Victor stumble onto some juicy information - pity it's not remotely funny.
* Trent Lott commits himself, sometime, during the year, to stumble onto the boarding platform of the Clue Train.
The opportunity to stumble onto some fascinating invention from a firm you never heard of is ...
Even though all sorts of horrors hang in the city, Kid and Lanya occasionally stumble onto remarkable new ways of inhabiting their world.
ENGLISH cricketers go on a 48-hour bender, stumble onto an open-top bus bound for Trafalgar Square, slur their words live on TV, hide bleary eyes behind sunglasses and turn up at No10 three sheets to the wind.
feels like what it is--a documentary initiated as a shapeless, home movie-like project only to stumble onto a theme rather late in the game.
But I'll bet it won't be as much fun as when we are out fishing or walking in the woods and stumble onto a thicket of sumac!--Joplin, MO
Except for the ID check at the security gate, visitors can almost stumble onto the Rahway property without realizing where they are.
(It will be scrambled so that the easily offended can't stumble onto it accidentally--although I am convinced a lot of those people stare at test patterns trying to find the phallic symbol.)
In covert bioterrorism attacks, recognition, response and treatment can all be delayed because the first responders are physicians and other health care professionals who have to stumble onto an unannounced attack.