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  • v. find unexpectedly


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  • Later, I would happen upon an excerpt from his book, A Deficit of Decency, in which he called my speech at the convention one of the best he’d ever heard, before noting-with what I imagined to be a sly smile-that it may not have been the most effective speech in terms of helping to win an election.

    The Audacity of Hope

  • ‘I am in fear for thee, lest yonder man happen upon thee and betray thee to what thou dreadest; so save thyself by flight.’

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Sometimes, when in the newspapers I happen upon descriptions of our modern bruisers and prizefighters, I wonder what chance the best of them would have had against him.


  • Page 151 happen upon earth, during the existence of that midge among the planets, affected infinitesimally, if at all, the universe of which earth was a part so inconceivably tiny.

    The Cream of the Jest: A Comedy of Evasions

  • Up, my eye being pretty well, and then by coach to my Lord Sandwich, with whom I spoke, walking a good while with him in his garden, which and the house is very fine, talking of my Lord Peterborough's accounts, wherein he is concerned both for the foolery as also inconvenience which may happen upon my Lord Peterborough's ill-stating of his matters, so as to have his gaine discovered unnecessarily.

    The Diary of Samuel Pepys, March 1663/64


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