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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR STUMBLE UPON

Nothing could have surprised her more than to stumble upon this offering.

We can only list these men as we stumble upon their handiwork.

I am fearful of going away, as we may stumble upon some more of them.

It may be that he will stumble upon something of importance—who knows?

He can't be far off, and I'm in hopes we'll stumble upon him afore day.

They were still inside of the lines, and might, at any moment, stumble upon a picket.

How Roderick had come to stumble upon the trail they had followed, he could not tell.

You will stumble upon one now and then; but not many in a whole lifetime.

They are never widely heralded, you stumble upon them by chance.

"It is a little odd that I should stumble upon you," said he.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, "to trip or miss one's footing" (physically or morally), probably from a Scandinavian source (cf. dialectal Norwegian stumla, Swedish stambla "to stumble"), probably from a variant of the Proto-Germanic base *stam-, source of Old English stamerian "to stammer," German stumm "dumb, silent." Possibly influenced in form by stumpen "to stumble," but the -b- may be purely euphonious. Meaning "to come (upon) by chance" is attested from 1550s. Stumbling-block first recorded 1526, used in Rom. xiv:13 to translate Greek skandalon.

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