befall


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  • verb

Synonyms for befall

happen to

Synonyms

  • happen to
  • fall upon
  • occur in
  • take place in
  • ensue in
  • transpire in
  • materialize in
  • come to pass in

Synonyms for befall

to happen to one

Synonyms

to take place by chance

Synonyms for befall

happen, occur, or be the case in the course of events or by chance

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That is," said Don Quixote, "when they cannot help it, or when they are in love; and so true is this that there have been knights who have remained two years on rocks, in sunshine and shade and all the inclemencies of heaven, without their ladies knowing anything of it; and one of these was Amadis, when, under the name of Beltenebros, he took up his abode on the Pena Pobre for -I know not if it was eight years or eight months, for I am not very sure of the reckoning; at any rate he stayed there doing penance for I know not what pique the Princess Oriana had against him; but no more of this now, Sancho, and make haste before a mishap like Rocinante's befalls the ass.
It is much against my will," said Robin Hood, "ne'ertheless, if thou dost wish it, get thee gone, but bear thyself seemingly, Little John, for thou art mine own right-hand man and I could ill bear to have harm befall thee.
I did my best to prepare myself for every emergency that could happen; I tried to arm myself beforehand against every possible accident that could befall me.
To cross thirty or one hundred seventy-five has been, as you know, the direst calamity that could befall a naval commander.
And should a great injustice befall you, then do quickly five small ones besides.
Who frees us so rapidly from the temptations that befall us?
Disasters that befall companies can range from natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods and tornadoes to power system failures, fires and terrorism.
And while I am sure no-one on Merseyside would wish that fate to befall Rooney (no, really), United's physio department may be just a teeny, weeny bit worried.
He told Edinburgh Sheriff Court: "Those of us who had the benefit of an upbringing in Scotland might have been warned what might befall us if we didn't eat our tea.
Staging a nasty parody of a half century of lesbian images, the Brothers gleefully reenact the tragic fates that inevitably befall lesbian characters in cinema, stage, and supermarket fiction.
But the habitual ways in which people explain the bad events that befall them may put them at risk for poor physical health by middle age, according to a 35-year study reported in the July JOURNAL OF PERSONALITY AND SOCIAL PYSCHOLOGY.
Various calamities befall each child, one by one, because of their selfishness and bad temperament.
I had a general idea of what to expect--Alix Dobkin and Margie Adam performing outdoor concerts--but this was insufficient preparation for the complete and irrevocable transformation that was about to befall my worldview.
Thankfully, this fate has yet to befall Shooting Stars, the anarchic game show hosted by Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer.
Their findings not only enhance understanding of the forces that drove the dinosaurs to extinction, but they provide a much needed quantitative basis for studies of future cataclysms that could befall the earth.