happen on/upon

Definition of happen on/upon

literary + old-fashioned

  1. :  to find or meet (someone or something) by chance She happened on a little cottage in the woods. I happened upon them at the grocery store.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to come into being or occur as an event, process, or result

    :  to do, encounter, or attain something by or as if by chance

    :  to meet or discover something by chance

  1. :  on

  1. :  on the surface :  on it

    :  thereafter, thereon

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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