come upon something

come upon something
come upon (someone/something) to find or meet someone or something, esp. unexpectedly.

We came upon a farmer setting a fire to clear off dead grass from the pasture.


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  • come upon something — …   Useful english dictionary

  • come upon someone — come upon (someone/something) to find or meet someone or something, esp. unexpectedly. We came upon a farmer setting a fire to clear off dead grass from the pasture …   New idioms dictionary

  • come upon — (someone/something) to find or meet someone or something, esp. unexpectedly. We came upon a farmer setting a fire to clear off dead grass from the pasture …   New idioms dictionary

  • come on something — ˈcome on/upon sb/sth derived no passive (formal) to meet or find sb/sth by chance Main entry: ↑comederived …   Useful english dictionary

  • come upon — verb 1. find unexpectedly (Freq. 10) the archeologists chanced upon an old tomb she struck a goldmine The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake • Syn: ↑fall upon, ↑strike, ↑light upon, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • come upon — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms come upon : present tense I/you/we/they come upon he/she/it comes upon present participle coming upon past tense came upon past participle come upon mainly literary 1) come upon someone/something to meet… …   English dictionary

  • come upon — 1) PHRASAL VERB If you come upon someone or something, you meet them or find them by chance. [V P n] I came upon an irresistible item at a yard sale. Syn: come across 2) PHRASAL VERB If an attitude or feeling comes upon you, it begins to affect… …   English dictionary

  • To come upon — Upon Up*on , prep.[AS. uppan, uppon; upp up + on, an, on. See {Up}, and {On}.] On; used in all the senses of that word, with which it is interchangeable. Upon an hill of flowers. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Our host upon his stirrups stood anon.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • come — [kum] vi. came, come, coming [ME comen < OE cuman, akin to Goth qiman, Ger kommen < IE base * gwem , *gwā , to go, come > L venire, to come, Gr bainein, to go] 1. to move from a place thought of as “there” to or into a place thought of… …   English World dictionary

  • Upon — Up*on , prep.[AS. uppan, uppon; upp up + on, an, on. See {Up}, and {On}.] On; used in all the senses of that word, with which it is interchangeable. Upon an hill of flowers. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Our host upon his stirrups stood anon. Chaucer.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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