tumble upon (something)

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tumble upon (something)

1. Literally, to trip on something with one's foot. I wasn't watching where I was going and tumbled upon the root of a tree. The child tumbled upon the steps of the house.
2. To find, discover, or happen upon something casually or by chance. I tumbled upon this fantastic little café the other day. Let me know if you tumble upon my keys—I haven't been able to find them.
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That weight imbalance is deliberate--it is specifically designed to "tumble upon impact."
"If these allegations are shown to be true, an avalanche of anti-terrorism legislation would tumble upon these non-U.S.
We tumble upon small local markets selling from pork to meat to vegetables, stop by a little shack for the most aromatic coffee ever: heaven in a steel tumbler...
The oddly shaped bullet had an aluminum filler in the nose which caused it to tumble upon impact, inflicting considerable on-target damage.
Likewise, Paulinus's letters and poems have suffered from another interpretive dead end, an impression that many of them consist of an erudite yet hollow play of images, mostly biblical, sometimes classical, which tumble upon one another in "mere redundant embellishment" (130).