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to happen unexpectedly or by chance
to happen or appear somewhere suddenly or unexpectedly
if something sneaks up on you, it happens when you are not expecting it
if something unpleasant or dangerous strikes, or if it strikes someone or something, it happens suddenly and unexpectedly and causes harm or damage to them
to suddenly happen or be given to someone without them having to make any effort
to happen unexpectedly
to start to happen more quickly and have more success
if something such as an opportunity, idea, or problem presents itself, it suddenly happens
to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface
the sail behind the main sail on a ship
the activity of exploring abandoned buildings and other manmade structures
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