chance upon

idiom
variants: or less commonly chance on

Definition of chance upon

formal
: to find (something) or meet (someone) by chance She chanced upon an original copy of the book in her grandfather's attic. I chanced on an article in the paper about that just the other day. I was shopping in a rare book store when I chanced on a friend I had not seen in years.

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“Chance upon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chance%20upon. Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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