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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theystumble across
he/she/itstumbles across
present participlestumbling across
past tensestumbled across
past participlestumbled across

or stumble on

or stumble upon

  1. stumble across/on/upon something to find something, or to meet someone, by accident

    We stumbled across him in the library.

See also main entry: stumble

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the act or practice of telling the future using random items such as playing cards

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