chance on - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive] mainly literary
present tense
I/you/we/theychance on
he/she/itchances on
present participlechancing on
past tensechanced on
past participlechanced on

or chance upon

  1. to find or see someone or something when you did not expect to

    I was browsing in a bookshop when I chanced upon an old friend.

See also main entry: chance