What is another word for stumble on?

186 synonyms found


[ stˈʌmbə͡l ˈɒn], [ stˈʌmbə‍l ˈɒn], [ s_t_ˈʌ_m_b_əl ˈɒ_n]

When we stumble on something, we unexpectedly come across it. There are many different synonyms for this phrase that can be used to convey the same meaning in different ways. For example, we might say that we accidentally stumbled upon something, that we unexpectedly encountered it, or that we unexpectedly found it. Other synonyms could include discovering something unexpectedly, happening upon something, or coming across something by chance. No matter which word you choose, the meaning remains the same - stumbling on something speaks to the element of surprise and unexpectedness that comes with discovering something new.

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How to use "Stumble on" in context?

"stumble on" is a colloquial phrase which means to happen upon something unintentionally. The origins of the phrase are unknown, but it is most commonly attributed to English author and poet Rudyard Kipling. In one of his poems, "The Adventure of Babalugli," Kipling uses the phrase to describe the dramatic moment when a hired goon, known as a "babalugli," steps on a hidden blade while escorting the semi-conscious (and unarmed) protagonist. The unexpectedly sharp object pierces the goon's foot and sends him tumbling to the ground.

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