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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
informal to happen very suddenly and quickly
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
very formal to happen in an unexpected way, especially in a way that brings major changes
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
the action of deliberately dropping your microphone at the end of a speech or performance to show you think it was so good that nothing better could follow it
the thick make-up that actors put on their faces
moving with rhythm, together as one
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