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    About phrasal verb or idiom

    Can you use "come across" to express the idea of finding a place unexpectedly instead of running into someone? If not, is there any phrasal verb or idiom that you can use to express that idea?

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    Re: About phrasal verb or idiom

    Yes, you can.

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    Re: About phrasal verb or idiom

    You can also say:

    - found myself at/in
    - ended up at/in
    - wound up at/in

    Old-fashioned expressions:

    - chanced upon
    - happened upon
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    Re: About phrasal verb or idiom

    And also

    stumble on or upon

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    Re: About phrasal verb or idiom

    In BrE, the most common way of expressing that you met someone unexpectedly is to say that you "bumped into them".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: About phrasal verb or idiom

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    In BrE, the most common way of expressing that you met someone unexpectedly is to say that you "bumped into them".
    Unlike come across, this wouldn't work for finding a place unexpectedly.

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