(intr, preposition) to meet or encounter unexpectedly: I came upon an old friend in the street today
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How to use come upon in a sentence
We have wept that God may show his beneficence his mercy and that his peace may come upon the people of Pakistan.
Tony had come upon her on May 8, 1945, the day of the German surrender.The ‘Soldier’ With the Bazooka—World War II, Iraq, and a Story of the Good War | Phil Klay | July 5, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
How did you first come upon that cocktail for writing success, and has the routine evolved over your career?
The caller handed her phone to a man who had come upon the scene while walking his dog.Antonio Santiago, Jonylah Watkins, Babies Killed by Guns, Shame the NRA | Michael Daly | March 26, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
There is a wonderful old Indian tale about three blind men who come upon an elephant and ask, "What is this?"
Never was a change more remarkable than that which had come upon Mrs. Collingwood.The Boarded-Up House | Augusta Huiell Seaman
It wasn't far, so we kept on, and presently it developed that we had accidentally come upon old Piegan Smith.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
She gave details of the singular mood that had come upon her with the arrival of Tony, but Tom hardly heard her.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
Happening to walk down the Rue Saint Honoré, he had come upon tragedy.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
The name of a child that is to be born: many evils shall come upon the Jews for their sins.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
Other Idioms and Phrases with come upon
see come across, def. 1; come on, def. 3.
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