English version

chance on/upon/across somebody/something

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishchance on/upon/across somebody/something phrasal verb formalCHANCE/BY CHANCEto find something or meet someone when you are not expecting to Henry chanced upon some valuable coins in the attic. chance→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
chance on/upon/across And the policeman wanted to check his facts before deciding to take a chance on a long shot.It was well taken, like the rest of his scoring chances on a wet, grey afternoon.He would just have to take a chance on being interrupted.Some one will probably take a chance on Bryant anyway, Twardzik said.He had to take a chance on it.Cauthen could have a major chance on Spritsail if that horse's poor run at Ascot last week could be ignored.Five minutes before the break, Jan Molby's pass gave Rob Jones a chance on the edge of the penalty area.I still had a great chance on the last two holes.
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Verb table
Simple Form
I, you, we, theychance
he, she, itchances
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I, you, he, she, it, we, theychanced
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave chanced
he, she, ithas chanced
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad chanced
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill chance
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have chanced
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