One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Attack by surprise.
affect, afflict, attack, hit, smiteView synonyms
- ‘The ferocity of her attack surprised even the fierce sea-raiders who had come upon this land from the north, and eventually she carved a path to where the banner lay on the ground.’
- ‘Later, he had pretended to come upon her by surprise and she had given him a bloody lip that was swollen for a week.’
See comesee come on (sense 2)
- ‘What is the likelihood that a person who comes upon these non-professional pages will actually persist and try to find tourism-related information by other means?’
- ‘When a chauffeur comes upon his rich millionaire boss's tux, he can't resist trying it on.’
- ‘My previous entry dealt with coming upon a younger version of myself as the possessor of endless possibilities as far as the future was concerned.’
- ‘It was like coming upon ancient ruins in a jungle.’
- ‘And we walked through churchyards at night, coming upon little patches of graves that were lit by flickering candles.’
- ‘She tells us the story of coming upon a roadkill buck while taking a much-needed break from writing college papers.’
- ‘It was like coming upon one cameo after another of large polished foliage framed in smoky clouds.’
- ‘Yet, from a reader's point of view, coming upon these sudden pockets of dread has a troubling effect.’
- ‘Imagine coming upon some road works being done on a one lane bridge at milking time.’
- ‘He noted that cougars are often mistaken for golden retrievers and his best advice for anyone who suddenly comes upon a cougar is to stay still, make no noise and, if possible, try to back away from it.’
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