come upon

come upon
verb
1. find unexpectedly (Freq. 10)
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the archeologists chanced upon an old tomb

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she struck a goldmine

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The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake

Syn:
Derivationally related forms: ↑discovery (for: ↑discover)
Hypernyms: ↑find, ↑regain
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

2. take possession of (Freq. 1)
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She entered upon the estate of her rich relatives

Syn: ↑enter upon, ↑luck into
Hypernyms: ↑get, ↑acquire
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s somebody

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Somebody ——s something from somebody

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1) attack by surprise
2) see come on (sense 2)

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come upon [phrasal verb]
somewhat formal
1 come upon (someone or something) : to meet or find (someone or something) by chance

As they turned the corner, they came upon an unexpected scene.

While researching the town's history, she came upon some surprising new information about its first mayor.

2 come upon (someone) of a feeling : to affect (someone) suddenly

An urge to travel suddenly came upon him. [=he suddenly felt an urge to travel]

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Main Entry:come

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