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  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of chance.
  • adjective Discovered by chance.


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  • J.R.R. Tolkien, on the other hand, was so very much a man of letters that he did not even attempt to publish any of his fiction until a reader at Allen and Unwin chanced to hear of The Hobbit and pried the typescript out of his hands.

    Moorcock, Saruman and the Dragon’s Tail

  • At home during the winter holidays, his name chanced to cross her lips.

    The Getting of Wisdom

  • These were Paul Morrison, the leader, the other Carberry twin, William by name, and a boy whom they called "Nuthin," possibly because his name chanced to be Albert Cypher.

    The Banner Boy Scouts Snowbound A Tour on Skates and Iceboats

  • 'Clara,' or 'Kate,' as the name chanced to be, 'this is the gentleman who saved me from the dog.'

    Leslie Ross: or, Fond of a Lark

  • "And this other fellow," says he, when I had done, "this fellow that sang -- d'ye know if his name chanced to be Mings -- Abnegation Mings, comrade?"

    Black Bartlemy's Treasure

  • Episcopal Church, because his name chanced to have a foreign flavor, was written to and offered one year's indulgences for twenty-five dollars!

    A Hero and Some Other Folks

  • I would prove myself a man entitled to her respect, a soldier worthy my service and corps; if ever again my name chanced to find mention in her presence it should be spoken with honor.

    My Lady of the North

  • It would be merely a flourish of trumpets to say that I was his descendant, and nobody would know that, either, if my name chanced to be Boggs.

    The Potiphar Papers

  • But, as he turned away his sword chanced to touch the tree, and immediately two apples fell down.

    The Olive Fairy Book

  • He would recall his longing as something that had once occupied an augur whose name chanced to be his, Silk, a name not common but by no means outlandish.

    Calde of the Long Sun


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