light upon

light upon
find unexpectedly

the archeologists chanced upon an old tomb


she struck a goldmine


The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake

Derivationally related forms: ↑discovery (for: ↑discover)
Hypernyms: ↑find, ↑regain
Verb Frames:

Somebody ——s something

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ˈlight on ˈlight upon [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they light on he/she/it lights on present participle lighting on past tense lit on past participle lit on] formal phrasal verb
to suddenly find something or think of something

Suddenly she lit upon a new way of approaching the problem.

Thesaurus: to find something or someonesynonym to find out informationsynonym
Main entry: light

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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