Meaning of “happen along/by (somewhere)” in the English Dictionary

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"happen along/by (somewhere)" in British English

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happen along/by (somewhere)

mainly US
phrasal verb with happen uk /ˈhæp.ən/ us /ˈhæp.ən/ verb [ I ]

to go to a place by chance or without planning to:

I'd have drowned if he hadn't happened along and pulled me out of the river.

(Definition of “happen along/by (somewhere)” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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