stumble across/on/onto/upon

idiom

: to find or learn about (something) unexpectedly
I stumbled across/on/upon this book by chance.
We stumbled onto/across the ruins of an old fort.
They stumbled on/upon a bizarre plot.
He stumbled onto the truth.

Examples of stumble across/on/onto/upon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web You’re bound to stumble upon something totally unique. Lindsay Cohn, Travel + Leisure, 12 Sep. 2023 The argument could be made, especially when Jordan, keen to collaborate with Sebastián in every sense, follows him home to Mexico City, only to stumble on a mystery of ludicrous yet weirdly plausible proportions. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 8 Sep. 2023 Bluesky is currently in an adolescent phase, so users who have access to it are prone to stumble upon glitches and other aspects of the platform that need some development. Sandra Gutierrez G., Popular Science, 8 June 2023 The updates could make Reddit better for those who stumble upon it through a search engine, whizlogic said. Jay Peters, The Verge, 1 Aug. 2023 The key to ensuring that any AI platform does not stumble on this issue is to consider the context of an AI platform, according to Shea. Peter Aitken, Fox News, 30 June 2023 On an orchid-hunting expedition into the Head Forester’s territory, the brothers stumble upon Köppels-Bleek, a place of organized slaughter. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 26 June 2023 As evidenced by his frequent check-ins with an unnervingly accurate psychic (played by Schrader’s wife, Mary Beth Hurt), LeTour is just a guy wandering about, hoping to stumble upon some form of spiritual release. Chris Stanton, Vulture, 26 May 2023 Journal Editorial Report: While blue states stumble on personal incomes. Kyle Peterson, WSJ, 21 July 2023 See More

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“Stumble across/on/onto/upon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stumble%20across%2Fon%2Fonto%2Fupon. Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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