Phrasal Verbs with Across
One meaning of phrasal verbs with ‘across’ is ‘find’. There is also an element of unexpectedness. Things or people are often found by chance, not on purpose, or intentionally. The three phrasal verbs below all have almost the same meaning.
Meaning – Find something or somebody by chance or unexpectedly.
The detectives came across a dead body.
(The detectives found a dead body.)
Richie came across a suitcase full of money.
Meaning – to meet somebody or find something by chance
Usage – use this when you want to express finding something or meeting someone by chance or surprise. It is like the phrasal verb bump into – so there is a slight emphasis on meeting a person.
Mary ran across her old friends in the pub.
Meaning – to discover someone or something by chance
Usage – This phrasal verb is often used in connection with police matters or when telling a story where a character finds something unexpectedly. This phrasal verb emphasises the unexpected element of the discovery of someone or something.
Police stumbled across a stash of drugs and money. (Stash means a secret place used to store things safely)