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 for happen upon
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  happen upon
      v 1: find unexpectedly; "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,
           come upon, light upon, chance upon, come across,
           chance on, happen upon, attain, discover]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  21 Moby Thesaurus words for "happen upon":
     alight upon, blunder upon, bump into, chance upon, come across,
     come on, come up against, come upon, discover serendipitously,
     encounter, fall in with, hit upon, light upon, meet up with,
     meet with, run across, run into, run up against, stumble on,
     stumble upon, tumble on

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