chance upon

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Unless you happen to chance upon a dog who does not mind the sound of fireworks then you will find it is not worth the trouble.
Admit it: you've imagined that someday you'll chance upon an undiscovered telescopic comet and have your name forever attached to it.
Having planned for a gentle, uneventful stroll through the increasingly alluring boutiques, I was stunned to chance upon the extravaganza of this pirate gymnastic ballet.