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(almost) upon (one)

(Almost) about to happen, arrive, or commence. I can't believe the Christmas season is upon us again. The years seem to be going faster and faster recently! Every time the deadline for filing taxes is almost upon me, I start to get really anxious and irritable.
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(almost) uˈpon you

(formal) if something in the future is almost upon you, it is going to arrive or happen very soon: The busy summer season was almost upon us again.
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He took me to a cave where his companions were assembled, and when I had eaten of the food they set before me, they bade me think myself fortunate to have come upon them when I did, since they were going back to their master on the morrow, and without their aid I could certainly never have found my way to the inhabited part of the island.
Occasional hunting parties have traveled to this out-of-the-way corner of the globe, but the hostility of the natives has usually brought disaster upon them, so that even the sport of hunting the strange and savage creatures which haunt the jungle fastnesses of Kaol has of later years proved insufficient lure even to the most intrepid warriors.
Stand back, ye rascals, or I will score your pates till they have as many marks upon them as a pothouse door!
Then, seeing them so hesitate, Robin of a sudden leaped upon them, striking even as he leaped.
The attention of the green warriors turned principally upon the bowmen advancing upon them from the city, and upon the savage banths that paced beside them--cruel beasts of war, infinitely more terrible than their own savage calots.
There was a brief and bloody encounter, for the cowardly Bududreen and his equally cowardly crew had had no alternative but to fight, so suddenly had the foe fallen upon them.
As the thought took firm hold upon him he paused and raising his face to Goro, the moon, cursed with upraised hand the authors of the hideous crime that had been perpetrated in that once peaceful bungalow behind him; and he cursed their progenitors, their progeny, and all their kind the while he took silent oath to war upon them relentlessly until death overtook him.
When he was convinced that he had succeeded to some extent in fixing his identity upon them he decided to again take up his exploration.
For a further example, Beecher adds that "Pure Overbury may be heard in the description of the servingman": "his greatest felicity is to court the chambermaids in a corner, and his chiefest exercise to make his master's friend's dependants drunk; he fawneth upon them that his master fawns on;...
(49.) Under the human rights provisions of the United Nations Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Genocide Convention, the Children's Convention, and the Fourth Geneva Convention and Protocol I, Applicants are proper parties to invoke the jurisdiction of the United Nations in requesting Relief on their own behalf in order to be relieved from the inhuman, degrading, cruel, criminal, and genocidal conditions perpetrated upon them by the Respondents.
The temporary abeyance in objectionable incidents did not (nor should it) mean that, following a brief 10-day period, the building's residents and employees should, once again, have aggressive animal behavior inflicted upon them. Nor did it mean that the owner should be relegated to commencing a new holdover proceeding premised upon the post-judgment conduct of the dogs.
Pardailhe-Galabrun and Pierre Chaunu (who wrote the preface) acknowledge the lacunas in the data and the problems in building The Birth of Intimacy upon them. The inventories are not a valid source of demographic information and much of what was recorded depended upon the individual notary.
Appointed proxies, however, are not compelled to exercise the authority conferred upon them unless there is a binding contract or some equitable obligation compelling them to do so.
Muller's sophisticated and witty examination revealed that Corbusier's desire to reinvent traditional notions of privacy by largely ignoring the psvchological impact of the sound environment had been experienced by the residents as a crucial design flaw, if not an act of outright sadism visited upon them from the grave.
If as a species we can recognize these responsibilities and act upon them, we will do so in no small part because of our experience with popular sovereignty.