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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
used to describe something which is done more carefully and over a longer period of time …
said in a way that is intended to make someone feel stupid or bad
the practice of giving birth in the presence of several friends and relatives
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