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1    intr   (of an event in time) to come about or take place; occur  
2    intr; foll by: to   (of some unforeseen circumstance or event, esp. death), to fall to the lot (of); be a source of good or bad fortune (to)  
if anything happens to me it'll be your fault     
3    tr   to chance (to be or do something)  
I happen to know him     
4    tr; takes a clause as object   to be the case, esp. if by chance, that  
it happens that I know him     
      sentence substitute  
5      (Northern English)  
a       another word for       perhaps  
b    (as sentence modifier)  
happen I'll see thee tomorrow     
     (C14: see hap1, -en1)  
See at occur  

happen by   , past, along, in  
      vb   intr, adv  
Informal     (chiefly U.S.)   to appear, arrive, or come casually or by chance  
happen on   , upon  
      vb   intr, prep   to find by chance  
I happened upon a five-pound note lying in the street     
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  


1    appear, arise, come about, come off     (informal)   come to pass, crop up     (informal)   develop, ensue, eventuate, follow, materialize, occur, present itself, result, see the light of day, take place, transpire     (informal)  
2    become of, befall, betide  
3    chance, fall out, have the fortune to be, pan out     (informal)   supervene, turn out  

happen on      , upon  
chance upon, come upon, discover unexpectedly, find, hit upon, light upon, stumble on, turn up  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
little or no possibility of something to happen
wait for something, usually linked to a previous event, to happen; expect something that can not be avoided to happen
When something is 'in the air', it means something exciting or significant is taking place or about to happen. Ex.: Spring is in the air - it's time for change!
(about a positive event/situation) happen out of the blue, without any effort from the impacted persons
be convinced that something is very probable or likely (to happen or be the case)
buying or selling of goods tangible or intangible and services commonly on internet actually happen in cyberspace is called ecommerce or cyber commerce
expression meaning that a situation is no longer certain or predictable and that anything can happen
originating from horse racing where "all bets are off" indicated that bets already made were null due to various unpredicted factors
expression used to describe a lost opportunity or something that is unlikely to happen in the current circumstances
expression used when referring to something that is unlikely to happen soon (not in the time interval that one can resist holding his breath)
E.g.: "Will the economy recover any soon?" - "Don't hold your breath."
def.: if you are too confident about yourself, something bad will happen to show you that you are not as good as you think you are
expression used to designate something that happens very rarely
expression used to indicate that something happens very quickly
it's a unintended call which happens when the keys are not blocked in one's pocket
an often humorous expression of indignation when something stupid or annoying happens
Wigs for dogs? Whatever next?
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