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Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?
John hit on a business that was just starting to grow rapidly.
There seemed to be several explanations of the crime, but the detectives hit on the right one the first time.
hit on = to happen to meet, find, or reach; to choose or think by chance
The Girl Scouts happened on a charming little brook not far from the camp.
At the convention I happened upon an old friend I had not seen for years.
happen on = to meet or find accidentally or by chance
He came across a dollar bill in the suit he was sending to the cleaner.
The other day I ran across a book that you might like.
I came across George at a party last week; it was the first time I had seen him in months.
come across = run across = to find or meet by chance
He comes across as a very sincere person.
come across = make a particular impression
The robber told the woman to come across with her purse.
For hours the police questioned the man suspected of kidnapping the child, and finally he came across with the story.
come across with = to give or do what is asked
We can always depend on John Smith to come up with a good solution for any problem we might have.
come up with = to offer
I won't be able to buy this car, because I cannot come up with the down payment you require.
come up with = to produce on demand
How on earth did you come up with such a brilliant idea?
come up with = to find
In the woods he met with two strangers.
meet with = to meet (someone), usually by accident
The two scouts met with the officers to talk about plans for the march.
meet with = to meet together, usually by plan; join; have a meeting with
The farmer met with misfortune; his crops were destroyed by a storm.
The traveler met with an accident on the road.
meet with = to experience (as unhappiness); suffer (as bad luck); have (as an accident or mishap)
When he ran around the tree, Bob suddenly meet up with a large bear.
The family would have arrived on time, but they met up with a flat tire.
meet up with = to meet by accident; come upon without planning or expecting to
So sorry about your husband's mishap though, it must be awkward having no arms and legs at all now.
The going was heavy but I got there without mishap.
mishap = an unpredictable outcome that is unfortunate
Thank you for your efforts.